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Organic Standards Board voted to prohibit antibiotics after October 2014. But
growers have now petitioned NOSB for more time, so NOSB may delay the sunset
date until 2016, unnecessarily exposing both orchards and consumers to
streptomycin for at least two additional years. Unnecessary antibiotics
contribute to antibiotic-resistant diseases, which are now an urgent public
health issue, and antibiotics are not consistent with the principles of organic
Public comment is
vital to keep the NOSB accountable in the face of an increasingly cozy
relationship between NOSB and Big Farma, and a serious dilution of organic
standards. Tell the NOSB that you want to enjoy antibiotic-free organic apples
and pears like the Canadians and Europeans do. Ask them to keep organic apples
and pears truly organic!
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