Public education about antibiotic resistance ‘footprints’

This report from the Canadian Press suggests that greenhouse gas emissions are, in the minds of some, becoming the common yardstick for all sorts of negative externalities. It argues that one mechanism for reducing the emergence of antibiotic resistance is to educate members of the public about how the misuse and overuse of the drugs helps the resistant genes to spread. It argues further that this idea can best be conveyed as an ‘antibiotic footprint’ – akin to one’s environmental or carbon footprint.

The suggestion is certainly indicative of the degree to which personal environmental indicators have gained prominence.

Author: Milan

In the spring of 2005, I graduated from the University of British Columbia with a degree in International Relations and a general focus in the area of environmental politics. In the fall of 2005, I began reading for an M.Phil in IR at Wadham College, Oxford. Outside school, I am very interested in photography, writing, and the outdoors. I am writing this blog to keep in touch with friends and family around the world, provide a more personal view of graduate student life in Oxford, and pass on some lessons I've learned here.

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