The imminent threat of antibiotics becoming ineffective in fighting diseases could indeed be catastrophic. It is estimated that almost 85 billion animals will have to be raised to meet the meat demand in the near future. Animals are raised in intensive factory farm conditions with minimum welfare standards. Little wonder then that disease and misery is rampant among them. They are fed antibiotics which humans then ingest, leading to drug resistance. There is an urgent need to move away from a meat-based diet to a plant-based vegetarian and vegan diet. This will take the pressure off the animals and also improve the health of the nation. As a bonus, global warming due to methane released by animals will slow down, as will the mass pollution of farmlands and waterways by billions of tons of animal waste and blood. A diet change is something each of us can do to help avert disaster.

Nitin Mehta
Croydon

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