Antibiotic resistance: the scandal of mass-production


This project will shed light on a neglected but important cause for antibiotic resistance: the antibiotics production itself, often performed in Asian factories where environmental contamination is hardly cared about.

  • €14,000 Budget in Euros
  • 2018 Final release date
  • 1 Round winner
  • 1 Location
  • 6 Durations in months

The resistance to antibiotics is one of the greatest threats to global health. The reason is an overconsumption of antibiotics, both in animals and by people. However, there is a third cause for antibiotic resistance which is kept rather secret by the pharmaceutical industry: the antibiotics production itself. Today, more than 90% of the antibiotics we consumed are manufactured in China or India. But those factories have been found to discharge huge amount of antibiotics into the environment, what fuels the development of antimicrobial resistance. For Europeans, who keep postponing proposals for legislative measures that could ensure a better protection of the environment and people’s health in India and other manufacturing countries, the balance might be bitter. Once it emerges, microbial resistances travel and spread fast worldwide.

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