Why antibiotic resistance must be tackled at the farm, too

25,000 Europeans die each year from antibiotic resistance. Many more suffer from its consequences. On European Antibiotic Awareness Day, the European Consumer Organisation (BEUC) is calling on consumers to go easy on antibiotics when struck by sickness, writes Monique Goyens.

Monique Goyens is Director General of The European Consumer Organisation (BEUC).

Ebola is making the headlines these days. But antibiotic resistance deserves as much media attention, if not more.

How did we get there? The more antibiotics used, the higher the risk bacteria become resistant. In the long run, antibiotics could no longer work when we need them. No wonder we must think twice before rushing to antibiotics. But this should also apply to the animals which will end up on our plates.

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