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The Center’s Work on Organic Research Priorities Highlighted at NOSB Meeting

Nov 03, 2015

Since 2011, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) has initiated an annual public comment process to collect, prioritize and advocate for research related to use of materials in organic production or handling that researchers in many fields can use to defend and solicit funds for research benefiting organic food and agriculture. In doing so, they created a formalized approach […]

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Herbicides, including glyphosate, increase antibiotic resistance in E. coli and Salmonella

Mar 25, 2015

A new study in mBio, a peer-reviewed journal published by the American Society for Microbiology, suggests that the herbicides dicamba (Kamba), 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D) and glyphosate (Roundup) induce antibiotic resistance in E. coli and Salmonella bacteria. Researchers subjected bacteria to combinations of different herbicides and antibiotics, including antibiotics commonly used to treat bacterial infections in […]

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Antibiotics and antibiotic-resistant bacteria air-borne from feedlots

Feb 19, 2015

The rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria is commonly attributed to the overuse of antibiotics in livestock. Antibiotics are fed to livestock at low levels on a regular basis to enhance growth. They then enter the environment via animal urine, which eventually makes its way through soils and into waterways. Once antibiotics are present in the environment, […]

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Antibiotic-resistant bacteria transmission between humans and livestock

Dec 02, 2014

    A recent study in the journal Applied and Environmental Microbiology found that antibiotic-resistant strains of the bacteria Staphylococcus aureus (which can cause what are commonly referred to as Staph infections) have been transferred from livestock to humans, and that these strains may persist in the hospital environment. Researchers analyzed whole genome sequences of […]

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Antibiotic use in poultry production is more common than previously thought

Sep 25, 2014

A special report published last week by Reuters after a review of more than 300 internal documents found that the practice of treating chickens with low doses of antibiotics as part of their daily feed is much more common than regulators had previously thought. The report found that large poultry producers, including Tyson Foods, Pilgrim’s […]

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Hog workers bring home antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Sep 24, 2014

Workers exposed to antibiotic-resistant bacteria in an industrial hog operation in North Carolina were found to carry it with them for up to two weeks, according to a recent study in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine.  Livestock operations frequently add antibiotics to animal feed and water as a means of increasing growth and preventing […]

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Decline in antibiotic use in livestock reduces antibiotic-resistant microbes

Sep 10, 2014

Widespread and indiscriminate feeding of antibiotics to livestock is commonplace in conventional farming systems, and has led to an increase in microbial antibiotic resistance in both livestock and humans. A recent article in Environmental Health Perspectives describes how Denmark is cracking down on the problem. For more than two decades Denmark has regulated the sale […]

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American Medical Association seeks ban on agricultural antibiotic use

Jul 03, 2014

The American Medical Association (AMA) adopted a resolution in June calling for the ban of antibiotics used in animal farming for growth promotion. This large-scale, inappropriate use of antibiotics has led to the development and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, which is quickly becoming a devastating epidemic. “Use drives resistance, and overuse drives resistance to happen […]

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World Health Organization Finds Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria are a Global Epidemic

Jun 12, 2014

A new report released by the World Health Organization (WHO) found that antibiotic-resistant resistance in bacteria is widespread around the world, presenting significant risk to human populations. The use of antibiotics in conventional animal rearing is identified as one contributor to the problem. Describing potential risk areas, the report calls for a global standardization of […]

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Antibiotic-Resistant Superbugs Again Linked to Use of Antibiotics in Conventional Meat Production

Jun 05, 2014

  Another study has come out linking the development and spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria to the use of antibiotics in conventional meat-rearing operations. The research, published in Environmental Health Perspectives, focused on methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) in hog slaughtering and processing plants to look at how exposure was spread to plant workers, their household members, […]

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