Farmers, vets, members of the homoeopathic community and politicians met earlier this year at the Scottish Parliament to discuss how homeopathy could play a role in reducing the need for antibiotics in farm animals.
The event was hosted by Jim Eadie, Member of the Scottish Parliament (MSP) and the speaker was 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.
Interest in this area has been high since an announcement last year that the European Union is funding a research project investigating how homeopathy can be used to treat farm animals.
The European Parliament has called for the use of antibiotics in livestock farming to be reduced and for alternative methods such as homeopathy and phytotherapy to be used and this project has been charged with coordinating the research involved.
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