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Biggest Biosecurity Threat? Antibiotic Resistance

Thank you for the reply, its good to hear the comment was appreciated. I hope this forum may help me continue my interest in environmental issues whilst searching for work and cleaning up after mental health issues the last few years. Its good to hear from you, sorry about the delay in replying to this.

Food Crisis - Cascading Events from COVID-19 & Locusts

Thanks for this. I have been looking and this seems to fit what I have been looking for.

Also to note:

save the children, the Barnabas Fund as well as Ethiopiaid

Dominic Cummings - An 'Odyssean' Education [review]

I had read this following a link in the UK Guardian newspaper "Mad, Bad, or Brilliant", how could I resist?

I agree with most of the above, what I found also was that climate change was the issue that doomed the essay. Throughout the essay he discusses moving forward economically, what this means and how best to move forwards societally. However whilst he gives climate change lip service I found that all his other propositions are undermined by that he gives lip-service only. He has stated the problem but then not made any effort to figure it into any other solution. This is my mind leaves him as a climate denier in standing.

Biggest Biosecurity Threat? Antibiotic Resistance

Hi, To be honest I just stumbled across EA from a google search looking for suitable charities to donate a portion of money too concerning the locusts situation in the Horn of Africa. So I'll say its a very impressive forum you have here and well done all for taking part, its great to see personally.

As to the topic at hand as a recent open university mature student one of my projects was on antibiotic resistance in the environment - specifically wastewater concentrations. There is a big problem with antibiotics being used in animal farming and the use in humans leading to environmental accumulations. Human use is often not metabolised by the body and excreted in active form where antibiotic resistance may develop in water treatment plants (WWTP) and water treatment sinks. In general our 1950s style sewage treatment isn't very good at removing these, or other persistent pollutants as well.

One of the papers I found "Review of Antimicrobial Resistance in the environment and its Relevance to Environmental regulators", Singer et al from NERC, wallingford, UK gave a really excellent background. I was deeply impressed as well by Switzerlands plans to upgrade half their WWTPs. Much of how much environmental contamination contributes seems largely unknown - I remember its the above NERC paper that lists heavy metals and other locally occuring conditions as co-factors although there are a few others.

Anyway I'm a big out of my depth for now, I wish I'd found you guys earlier on in my life, but will be keeping an eye out on this as things progress in my life. I hope some of the above is helpful.