Farm Use of Antibiotics Sparks Fears that Bacterial Resistance Could Spread IBD, Other Diseases

Farm Use of Antibiotics Sparks Fears that Bacterial Resistance Could Spread IBD, Other Diseases
The growing use of antibiotics in conventional farming may lead to bacterial resistance to some lifesaving human medicines — making it harder to treat illnesses such as inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). The newest warning, “Agricultural Uses of Antibiotics Escalate Bacterial Resistance,” appeared in the journal Pesticides and You. The World Health Organization highlights that bacterial resistance to antibiotics is "one of the biggest threats to global health." But even though the use of antibiotics in crop and livestock production is a major public health concern, current regulations are weak. This allows residues of antibiotics and antibiotic-resistant bacteria to collect on farmland, move through the environment, contaminate waterways and ultimately reach consumers through food. The human gut, contaminated land and waterways are all fertile incubators for antibiotic resistance, say experts. "Resistant bacteria move from farms to families, through the environment to the human population," Jay Feldman, executive director of Beyond Pesticides, warned in a press release. "The ability of antibiotics to disturb or kill the gut microbiota in humans can lead to autoimmune and other 21st-century diseases, including diabetes, obesity, food allergies, heart disease antibiotic-re
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