The Rising Tide of Antibiotic Resistance
Discovered less than a century ago, antibiotics are essential to the survival of human race, allowing for the treatment of many diseases previously regarded as fatal. They also enable farmers to protect livestock from infection, further strengthening our global food supply.
80% of all antibiotics in the US are given to livestock, mostly to speed their growth and prevent diseases.
As microbes are constantly adapting and evolving to new environments, they can become resistant to antibiotics due to overuse. Antibiotic resistant bacteria are then easily spread between humans, animals and crops. No new class of antibiotics have been discovered since the 1980s.
Up to 50% of all antibiotics given to humans in the US are prescribed unnecessarily or used inappropriately.
Natural additives for livestock feed such as neem are gaining popularity in farms worldwide. Containing essential nutrients such as protein, calcium, and carotene, required for healthy growth in livestock, with the ability to eradicate microbes that cause infections and disease, neem helps to fight bacteria and alleviates the pressure of rising antibiotic resistance.