Sep 13, 2017 in Blog Articles
Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria Now Being Spread Via Animal Feed

Antibiotics have resulted in infections causing death dropping from 50 percent to 25 percent which highlights the fact that millions of lives have been spared since its development. But now superbugs (bacteria) are becoming resistant even to colistin the antibiotic of last resort. Why? One of the main reasons is the overuse of antibiotics. Although originally developed to protect human health, now 80 percent of all antibiotics are used to treat livestock and fish to prevent infections. The reason for using antibiotics on animals was to prevent infections caused by overcrowding, unsanitary conditions and a species inappropriate diet. So factory farmed fish are ingesting massive preventative doses of antibiotics and now comes news from the Dalian University of Technology in China that fishmeal accelerates the emergence of drug-resistant bacteria and serves as “a vehicle to promote antibiotic-resistant gene dissemination internationally”.

We at Filcon are involved in cleaning up water but if the pollution, degradation and contamination of earth’s resources continues at its current pace it will ensure that the earth will become uninhabitable before too much longer. No wonder that Tesla’s Elon Musk is planning to colonise Mars!