Food Chain Crisis

The role of agriculture in preventing the development of antimicrobial resistance

Public health and sustainable food production are facing a serious global threat today: the increasing spread of Antimicrobial Resistance.

What is Antimicrobial Resistance?
Antimicrobial Resistance refers to bacteria, viruses, fungi and parasites that become resistant to anti-microbial drugs.

How do microbes become resistant?
Antimicrobials, such as antibiotics, are used to kill or stop microbes from growing in humans, animals and plants.

Antimicrobial Resistance can occur naturally over time,
but overuse and misuse of antimicrobial drugs in humans and in agriculture speed up the development of Antimicrobial Resistance.

As a result, the medicines we use to treat common infections are becoming less and less powerful or even useless.

How does Antimicrobial Resistance spread?
Microbes that are resistant to anti-microbials can be found in people, animals, food, water and the environment.

Antimicrobial resistant microbes can spread through the food chain and the environment; between people and animals; or from person to person.