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Expected rise in use of antibiotics in farm animals

Published onsdag 18 februari 2015 kl 15.53
Sanda Poultry Farm, near Stockholm, is all organic and free-range. Photo: Henrik Montgomery / TT.
Sanda Poultry Farm, near Stockholm, is all organic and free-range. Photo: Henrik Montgomery / TT.

A new report released by the OECD Wednesday says that the antibiotic use in farm animals is expected to increase dramatically over the next 15 years. Now, Sweden is proposing global cooperation to curb the antibiotic use, Swedish Television reports.

The increase in antibiotic use has been shown to yield more resistant bacteria and it risks costing even more human lives than today.

Sweden is among the countries that use the least antibiotics in care of livestock, and were the first to forbid the use of antibiotics to help animals grow better in 1986. That only made it into EU law in 2006, twenty years after it was introduced in Sweden.

Instead of antibiotics, Sweden has invested in better living conditions for animals and better hygiene.

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