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The Great Food Gamble

BMJ 2001; 323 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/sbmj.0109353a (Published 01 September 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;323:0109353a
  1. Andrew Moscrop, Fourth year medical student1
  1. 1University of Edinburgh

"We are on the brink of what could prove to be a medical catastrophe…. The superbugs are with us.” Ominous words from John Humphrys, voice of Radio Four's Today programme, Sunday Times columnist and, we now discover, one time Welsh dairy farmer and angry agriculturalist. In a readable book that seeks to expose and condemn the “effect of modern food production methods on our health,” Humphrys attributes the evolution of multidrug resistant “superbugs” partly to overprescribing, but mostly to the alarmingly liberal use of antibiotics in poultry farming.

Those of us in the medical profession may find references to a potential “medical catastrophe” …

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