Updated: Oct 27, 2022
Our goal is to protect the efficacy of antibiotics by minimizing antibiotic resistance. But what is antibiotic resistance?
Antibiotic resistance means bacteria have developed resistance to an antibiotic or antibiotics, meaning the drug or drugs will no longer work to kill certain bacterial infections.
Any time bacteria are exposed to antibiotics there is opportunity for the bacteria to develop resistance. This can happen because when bacteria are exposed to an antibiotic, those most susceptible to the antibiotic will die quickly, leaving any surviving bacteria to pass on their resistant features to succeeding generations, and even to other types of bacteria.bacteria are initially exposed to an antibiotic, those most susceptible to the antibiotic will die quickly, leaving any surviving bacteria to pass on their resistant features to succeeding generations.
One important contributor to the overuse of antibiotics is farming.
Specifically factory farms, where overcrowded and dirty living conditions lead to more infections in animals. It has become common practice in animal production to use antibiotics as a preventative measure. In fact 64% of medically important antibiotics are used in factory farming. We have to put a stop to this. Antibiotics are life saving drugs and should be treated as such.
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