UN Report on Antimicrobial Resistance Calls for Shift in Animal Agriculture

A new report by the United Nations (UN) concludes that environmental pollution––including from the intensive crop, and terrestrial and aquatic animal production sectors––contributes to antimicrobial resistance (AMR) and the emergence, transmission, and spread of superbugs. The report calls for a reduction in the use of antimicrobials in food animals by improving animal health through implementing biosafety, biosecurity, vaccination, and good animal husbandry programs. It concludes that AMR requires a holistic approach, such as “One Health,” which recognizes that the health of people, animals, plants, and the planet are closely linked and interdependent.