On 14 March an event took place at the Scottish Parliament to raise awareness of the role homeopathy could play in cleaning up the food chain, by replacing, and therefore reducing the use of, antibiotics.
The event was hosted by Jim Eadie, Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) and attended by several MSPs as well as representatives from across the homeopathic community. An assembled audience of MSPs, farmers, vets and representatives of the homeopathy profession heard from Geoff Johnson, a member of the British Association of Homeopathic Veterinary Surgeons. He spoke about ways in which vets in the United Kingdom have successfully integrated homeopathy into veterinary practice and quoted from a growing number of research trials demonstrating homeopathy's effectiveness in conditions such as mastitis in dairy cattle, stillbirth in pigs, salmonella in chickens and helminth parasitism in sheep.
Political interest in this issue has been heightened since the announcement late last year that the EU is funding a research project investigating how homeopathy can be used to treat farm animals and reduce the use of antibiotics. The project intends to coordinate research on the use of homeopathy and phytotherapy in livestock farming, in line with the motion for a resolution on antibiotic resistance in which the European Parliament called for the use of antibiotics in livestock farming to be reduced and for alternative methods to be used; such methods include the use of homeopathy and phytotherapy.