Paper info: Antibiotic resistance and the animal-based food industry: antibiotics as a value adding resource in three interdependent industrial settings
Antibiotic resistance and the animal-based food industry: antibiotics as a value adding resource in three interdependent industrial settings
Place of Publication
The paper was published at the 35th IMP-conference in Paris, France in 2019.
In 2013, the World Economic Forum (WEF) identified antibiotic resistance as ‘one of the greatest threats to global health’. In May 2015, the World Health Assembly (WHO) endorsed a global action plan to tackle antibiotic resistance; ‘the most urgent drug resistance trend’ and was even warning for ‘a post-antibiotic era’, meaning an end to modern medicine as we know it. The message was clear-cut: “If we want to minimize the rate at which antibiotics become obsolete, we should use them as sparingly as possible.” Besides giving a brief overview of the embedding of antibiotics in the production and use of animal based food, this paper will discuss an important system innovation: the new way of using resources, the actors behind, and the innovative production technologies and emerging methods, leading up to Swedish pig meat producers unique pioneering role in banning the routine use of antibiotics.