Ecological and societal impacts of antibiotics pollution in China

V. Achal*

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China has experienced significant increase in antibiotic pollution in recent years due to increased production and consumption of antibiotics aimed at improving population health and promoting livestock growth. Antibiotic use in China is higher than the international average possibly due to widespread (mis)use in animal husbandry. Increasing levels of antibiotic pollution threaten the humans’ health and the environment, thus requires major policy changes and scientific efforts to mitigate the threat of antibiotic pollution. Antibiotics even disrupt the microbial ecosystem in the environment and the human microbiome. In an attempt to control antibiotics abuse, the Chinese government has issued a series of policies and regulations in the last few years. Given the ongoing prevalence of antibiotics pollution, it is crucial that not only government officials and policymakers, but also scientists and society as a whole, take steps to address the issue.
Original languageEnglish
JournalSocio-Ecological Practice Research
StatePublished - 1 Mar 2023


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