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Organic practices help reduce exposure to antibiotic-resistant bacteria

Aug 03, 2016

Review paper calls organic livestock production important part of the solution Choosing organic is the best choice consumers can make to combat antibiotic resistance and protect themselves from antibiotic-resistant bacteria, a review paper from The Organic Center concludes. Overuse of antibiotics in conventional livestock production has been implicated as an important contributor to antibiotic resistance. […]

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Organic as a Tool to Combat Antibiotic Resistance and Protect Public Health

Aug 02, 2016

The Organic Center has released a new report, reviewing almost 100 studies, that demonstrates that the best choice consumers can make to combat antibiotic resistance and protect themselves from antibiotic-resistant bacteria is to choose organic. Antibiotic resistance has been described as one of the most pressing human health concerns today and contributes to thousands of […]

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Organic Food and Farming as a Tool to Combat Antibiotic Resistance

Aug 02, 2016

The best choice that consumers can make to combat antibiotic resistance and protect themselves from antibiotic-resistant bacteria is to choose organic. Antibiotics are widely administered to conventional livestock raised for food consumption.  Of particular concern is the use of antibiotics not to treat infections or prevent diseases but to simply to increase the growth and […]

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Organic Food and Farming as a Tool to Combat Antibiotic Resistance and Protect Public Health

Jul 27, 2016
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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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