Update #1 ·

One Down, One to Go

Thank you for signing the petition to get antibiotics out of organic! Many of you posted terrific personal comments that I'll be able to quote when I speak before the National Organic Standards Board at the end of October. Please share the following with others who might help. Thanks!

--Alexis Baden-Mayer, Organic Consumers Association

Thanks to tens of thousands of consumers like you, the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) gave a thumbs down to extending the deadline for getting tetracycline out of organic pears and apples. The NOSB ruled earlier this year that growers will have to stop using tetracycline after Oct. 21, 2014.

Great news. But, oops. One more thing. The NOSB is still considering allowing growers to use streptomycin until 2016, instead of requiring them to adhere to the original 2014 deadline. So it looks like they need to hear from us again. By October 1.

Consuming fruits sprayed with streptomycin exposes our healthy gut flora to risk, increasing our chances of developing resistance to an antibiotic that’s critical for treating tuberculosis, tularemia, plague, bacterial endocarditis, brucellosis and other diseases. Growers use the antibiotic to fight fire blight, a bacterial disease that kills the shoots of apple and pear trees. But there are other, better ways to fight fire blight.

TAKE ACTION: Tell the NOSB to Get Streptomycin Out of Organic Apples and Pears!

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