Bug Out

An Interview with Laurie Garrett

Modern medicine is a marvel. But one of its most marvelous creations — antibiotic drugs — may prove to be as big a risk as it has been an aid to human survival. Laurie Garrett, a Pulitzer-Prize-winning journalist, has been chronicling the dangers that antibiotic overuse, especially within the livestock industry, poses to global health. Here, she explains why everyone should be afraid of a coming medical Dark Ages, and how they might arrive without any explosive pandemics.

Octavian Report: 2016’s Review on Antimicrobial Resistance predicts as many as 10 million annual deaths from AMR, the resistance of bacteria to antibiotics, by 2050. How credible do you find that estimate?

Laurie Garrett: I think it’s reasonable, based on what we know …

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