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Author Kirchhelle, Claas, 1987- author.

Title Pyrrhic progress : the history of antibiotics in Anglo-American food production / Claas Kirchhelle.

Publication Info. New Brunswick, NJ : Rutgers University Press, [2020]


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Description 1 online resource (240 pages)
text txt rdacontent
computer c rdamedia
online resource cr rdacarrier
Series Critical Issues in Health and Medicine
Critical issues in health and medicine.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents The sound of coughing pigs -- Picking one's poisons : antibiotics and the public -- Chemical cornucopia : antibiotics on the farm -- Toxic priorities : antibiotics and the FDA -- A fusion of concerns : antibiotics and the British public -- Bigger, better, faster : antibiotics and British farming -- Typing resistance : antibiotic regulation in Britain -- The public : antibiotics, failed bans, and growing fears -- The agricultural community : hostility in sinking numbers -- The government : failing to regulate -- Yearning for purity -- British farming and the environmental turn -- Swann song : British antibiotic policy after 1969.
Note Online resource; title from digital title page (viewed on December 16, 2019).
Summary Pyrrhic Progress analyses over half a century of antibiotic use, regulation, and resistance in US and British food production. Mass-introduced after 1945, antibiotics helped revolutionize post-war agriculture. Food producers used antibiotics to prevent and treat disease, protect plants, preserve food, and promote animals' growth. Many soon became dependent on routine antibiotic use to sustain and increase production. The resulting growth of antibiotic infrastructures came at a price. Critics blamed antibiotics for leaving dangerous residues in food, enabling bad animal welfare, and selecting for antimicrobial resistance (AMR) in bacteria, which could no longer be treated with antibiotics. Pyrrhic Progress reconstructs the complicated negotiations that accompanied this process of risk prioritization between consumers, farmers, and regulators on both sides of the Atlantic. Unsurprisingly, solutions differed: while Europeans implemented precautionary antibiotic restrictions to curb AMR, consumer concerns and cost-benefit assessments made US regulators focus on curbing drug residues in food. The result was a growing divergence of antibiotic stewardship and a rise of AMR. Kirchhelle's comprehensive analysis of evolving non-human antibiotic use and the historical complexities of antibiotic stewardship provides important insights for current debates on the global burden of AMR.
Language English.
Subject Antibiotics in agriculture -- United States -- History.
Antibiotics in agriculture -- Great Britain -- History.
Drug resistance in microorganisms.
Anti-Bacterial Agents -- history
History, 21st Century
History, 20th Century
Agriculture -- history
Legislation, Drug -- history
Food Safety
Drug Resistance, Microbial
United States
United Kingdom
Antibiotiques en agriculture -- États-Unis -- Histoire.
Antibiotiques en agriculture -- Grande-Bretagne -- Histoire.
Médecine -- Histoire -- 21e siècle.
Médecine -- Histoire -- 20e siècle.
Micro-organismes -- Résistance aux médicaments.
Drug resistance in microorganisms
Antibiotics in agriculture
Great Britain
United States
Indexed Term Health, medicine, antibiotics, history of antibiotics, Anglo-American food production, post-war agriculture, food production, agriculture, antibiotic use, antibiotic regulation, British food production, antibiotic resistance, twentieth century, US food production, United States, antibiotic infrastructure, animal welfare, antimicrobial resistance, farming, farmers, AMR, agricultural history, environmental history, public health, risk management.
Genre/Form History
Other Form: Print version: Kirchhelle, Claas. Pyrrhic Progress : The History of Antibiotics in Anglo-American Food Production. New Brunswick : Rutgers University Press, ©2020 9780813591483
ISBN 9780813591513 (electronic book)
0813591511 (electronic book)
9780813591476 (paperback)
9780813591490 (epub)
Standard No. AU@ 000066526190

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