October 3, 2013
“Antibiotic resistance genes (ARGs) are emerging contaminants posing a potential worldwide human health risk. … The genes can be spread via microbes in manure, compost or the soil, as these enter rivers, leach into underground water, are transported by the wind or human travel, or in agricultural products such as gardening compost.”
On September 16, the CDC released a first-of-its-kind assessment of the escalating problem, “Antibiotic Resistance Threats United States, 2013.” Folks, the news is not good. That same day, JAMA Internal Medicine published research that found increased incidence of deadly MRSA infections in people living in “proximity to swine manure application to crop fields and livestock operations… . These findings contribute to the growing concern about the potential public health impacts of high-density livestock production.” Click here to read more.
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