Squandering antibiotic efficacy

Wait a minute. In 2016 the Environmental Protection Agency in the US authorised citrus farmers emergency permission to spray streptomycin and oxytetracycline on orchards afflicted by huanglongbing, or citrus greening disease. In December 2018, the EPA allowed routine spraying of oxytetracycline.

Seriously? Antibiotics valuable in human medicine just sprayed into the environment?

Now I want to know whether anyone has actually sampled for antibiotic resistance in areas that saw the most spraying. Except that farmers no longer have to report whether they have sprayed.

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