Animal farming currently poses one of the most pressing health concerns in humans. However, this concern is not that of a direct nature, but is related to the rise of antimicrobial resistance (AMR).
Farmers around the world use antimicrobials to treat a variety of infectious diseases in their livestock. The increasing use of antimicrobials can lead to the selection of resistant bacteria that can pass through the food chain and be spread to humans.
The issue of AMR represents one of the many risks and problems related to the medicalisation of animal farming. Yet, according to Dr. Camille Bellet, post-doctoral research associate from the University of Liverpool, it is still necessary to understand the often hidden and complex dynamics and logics of practices that shape the management of farmed animal health.
Although not directly about genetic engineering in food and farming the article, published in Government Europa, brings up pertinent themes about control of narrative, and therefore practice, regarding the use of antimicrobials in farming – and the need for a more inclusive conversation around the issues.