The Alliance to Save our Antibiotics
In 2009 the Soil Association was delighted to join forces with Sustain and Compassion in World Farming to form the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics, an alliance of health, medical, environmental and animal welfare groups working to stop the over-use of antibiotics in animal farming. The Alliance, which is supported by the Jeremy Coller Foundation, has a vision of a world in which human and animal health and well-being are protected by food and farming systems that do not rely routinely on antibiotics and related drugs.
Since then the issue of antimicrobial resistance has been climbing the political agenda. In the summer of 2014 the Prime Minister David Cameron announced of a new expert review of the antibiotic resistance crisis, and the Government has produced a five year antimicrobial resistance strategy - which includes a target for reducing the number of antibiotic prescriptions made in the NHS, but no equivalent target for farm antibiotic use reduction.
But this isn't enough – the Alliance to Save Our Antibiotics says the urgent reduction of antibiotic use in farming must become government policy. In the Summer of 2014 nearly 30,000 people signed our petition on 38 Degrees calling for a ban on the routine preventative use of antibiotics, and we're continuing to fight to protect these precious medicines so they can continue to save lives in future.
About the Alliance
As well as the founder members, the Alliance is made up of a wide range of respected medical, agricultural, environmental, consumer and animal welfare groups. You can view all our supporter members here.
You can find out more about the Alliance and our partners through these links.
Support our campaign
You can support our crucial work on antibiotics by becoming a member of the Soil Association or by making a donation.