Wednesday, 7 November 2012

British Parliament to Debate Overuse of Antibiotics in Farming.

Antibiotic users do not want this discussed in Westminster, they want a voluntary deal done in private.

Parliament needs to get on with the doing the job of discussing the matter in public, so we know who voted against reform and who was missing from the chamber.

The motion even uses the term "superbugs" something popularised by Maryn McKenna in her book "Superbugs."

We need to take some lessons in democracy from Denmark: a country leaping ahead in antibiotic control and public health protection.

Fuller information, including the names of the sponsors is available from the House of Commons site here:

Early day motion 566


That this House recognises that the overuse of antibiotics in intensive farming adds to the serious public health threat from antibiotic resistance and the rise of superbugs; welcomes the Government's efforts to reduce over-prescribing by doctors; calls for parallel action to reduce the use of antibiotics by veterinary surgeons and farmers; and further calls on the Government to take steps to ensure that the routine prophylactic use of antibiotics on UK farms is phased out and that specific controls are introduced on the use in livestock of antibiotics that are critically important in human medicine.