If the ‘antibiotic apocalypse’ happens, it’ll be because our politicians let it | Nick Dearden

Agribusiness and big pharma prioritising profits could lead to 10 million deaths a year by 2050 – but political intervention can prevent this disaster

An antibiotic apocalypse is coming. It threatens to reverse medical practice by 100 years by making life-saving operations impossible and turning routine infections into killers again. Rather than panic and head to the hills, we need to understand the heart of the problem, and transform two of the most antisocial industries in the global economy: agribusiness and pharmaceuticals.

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During the TTIP negotiations, US agribusiness tried to undermine EU prohibitions involving the use of antibiotics

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