Vote on Antibiotics in Organic Next Week
Thanks in part to the 32,619 comments submitted by OCA supporters last year, to the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB), growers of organic apples and pears will have to stop spraying their fruit with tetracycline, an antibiotic, after Oct. 21, 2014. Instead, they’ll have to find another way (and those ways do exist) to protect their fruit trees from a disease called fire blight.
Now we have to convince the NOSB to enforce that same deadline—Oct. 21, 2014—for ending the use of another antibiotic, streptomycin, on organic apples and pears.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says that each year in the U.S., at least 2 million people become infected with bacteria that have become resistant to antibiotics. And at least 23,000 people die each year as a direct result of these infections.
Antibiotics don’t belong on our food. And they certainly don’t belong on organic apples and pears.
TAKE ACTON: Tell the NOSB: Honor the Oct. 21, 2014, deadline for ending the use of streptomycin on organic apples and pears