Resistance to last-ditch antibiotic has spread farther than anticipated

Eighteen months ago, a gene that confers resistance to colistin — known as an ‘antibiotic of last resort’ — emerged in bacteria from pigs in China. Since then, the resistance gene, called mcr-1, has been found around the world at an alarming rate, according to several presentations at the American Society for Microbiology (ASM) meeting in New Orleans, Louisiana, last week.

In some places, nearly 100% of farm animals carry mcr-1, and an increasing number of people do as well. The gene’s spread is one of the clearest examples of how antibiotic use on farms can lead to resistance in human infections, says Lance Price, an antibiotic researcher at George Washington University in Washington

 

 

https://www.nature.com/news/resistance-to-last-ditch-antibiotic-has-spread-farther-than-anticipated-1.22140

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Roy opens doors for WA agribusiness

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Roy duncanson is the force behind the Agribusiness Council of Australia.

AGRIBUSINESS is often defined as the movement of products from “paddock to plate”, so it is perhaps fitting that the force behind the Agribusiness Council of Australia (ACA) Roy Duncanson has had experience in all aspects of that………

http://www.farmweekly.com.au/news/agriculture/agribusiness/general-news/roy-opens-doors-for-wa-agribusiness/2755232.aspx

CNFA’s model of supporting agribusinesses gains government attention | Devex

Cultivating New Frontiers in Agriculture, CNFA, recently marked a decade of working on agricultural development in Georgia, largely through supporting agribusinesses as a vehicle for improved rural employment and income generation. Devex spoke with Bauka Namicheishvili, chief of party of the REAP program, to learn more about the model.

Source: CNFA’s model of supporting agribusinesses gains government attention | Devex

Building better brands and lives through peri-urban dairying and smart crop-dairy farming

Milk cans and children stand in the doorway of a dairy cooperative outside Karnal, Haryana, India (photo credit: ILRI/Jules Mateo).

PART 4: Building better brands and lives through peri-urban dairying and smart crop-dairy farming

By Susan MacMillan and Jules Mateo, of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI)

A journey to India by staff of the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI) in March 2016 started in the city of Karnal, in the prosperous northern state of Haryana.

On the way

On our way to visit a village on the outskirts of Karnal, in Haryana, India, we passed several sights that told their own story. A kind of pious family food production, it appeared, constituted the very fabric of this place.

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