Considered by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a serious global health problem, AMR refers to bacteria’s immunity to antibiotics. Bacteria develop this resistance over time through people’s widespread misuse and abuse of antibiotics — such as when antibiotics are used without doctor’s prescription, or when chicken farmers use them simply to boost chicken growth.
Irresponsible use of antibiotics has to stop.
That’s why BAVI developed its Antibiotic Stewardship program, which aims to significantly reduce antibiotic use, and even eliminate it totally through the Zero Antibiotics Chicken program using the No Antibiotics Ever (NAE) Chicken technology.
After taking experimental runs since 2012, BAVI started implementing its Zero Antibiotics chicken program in 2017. In this innovative process, chicken grow in a clean and comfortable environment, get a vegetarian diet, and take zero antibiotics throughout their lifetime – and thus consumers are assured their chicken had always been healthy and never been sick.
Producing Zero Antibiotics chicken is crucial because according to studies, 10 million people would die of AMR by 2050 if no significant interventions are made today. That statistic translates to one person dying every three seconds.
Instead of becoming part of the problem, BAVI took on the challenge of becoming part of the solution. It is the first – and so far the only – poultry integrator in the Philippines to take antibiotic stewardship this seriously.
Because, ultimately, keeping our chicken truly healthy, keeps people healthy.