Antibiotic resistant

The development of antibiotic resistant strains of micro-organisms is a worldwide concern.

Antibiotics are used on conventional farms to prevent animal disease caused by overcrowding and stress, but continual dosage can also increase the animals’ growth rates, leading to a greater risk that strains of antibiotic resistant bacteria will develop, thus making future infections more difficult to treat.

In organic production, antibiotics can only be used to treat existing infections under veterinary supervision, rather than to improve growth or reduce the risk of disease.

This means that organic agriculture does in fact help to lower the risk of antibiotic resistant organisms developing.