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What the Doctor Ordered

What the Doctor Ordered

The British Medical Journal draws closer to us with each passing year. Commenting in Nitrogen on the Table, a special report into nitrogen by the UN Economic Commission for Europe, the BMJ calls for a dramatic cut in the amount of meat, eggs and dairy that is eaten. It says that a 50 per cent reduction would produce 40 per cent less nitrogen emissions, up to 40 per cent less greenhouse gases, free up 23 per cent of cropland and lower health risks (www.bmj.com/content/348).

At the same time, more than 50 years after the problem was first identified, Mr Cameron discovered the danger of antibiotic resistance. He warned of us being cast back into the dark ages of medicine and in all that was said about it, by him and the media, not one person raised the primary reason for the problem – antibiotic use in factory farms. Over 50 per cent of all antibiotics are used by animal farmers in the UK – in the US it is 80 per cent, and resistant bacteria know no boundaries. The World Livestock report (Changing Food Landscapes) claims that 70 per cent of new diseases are of animal origin and stem directly from the pursuit of ever-more animal-based foods. “Food safety hazards and antibiotic resistance are on the increase world wide,” they say. Back to the drawing board, Dave!