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Overuse of Herbicides Piling on Growing Antibiotic Resistance

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

A recent study suggests that three major ingredients in commercial herbicides, glyphosate, dicamba, and 2,4-D, were found to induce a changed response to antibiotics.

Forbes’ Judy Stone:

In a troublesome report in mBio, the journal of the American Society for Microbiology, researchers showed that three commercial herbicides—Monsanto’s dicamba (Kamba) and glyphosate (Roundup), and 2,4-dichlorophenoxyacetic acid (2,4-D)—could make strains of Escherichia coli and Salmonella enterica serovar Typhimurium less sensitive to antibiotics.”

Read more about the recent study here.

Table Scraps

EWG annotates and corrects the recent Washington Post editorial on GMO labeling.

Reuters discusses the EPA’s plan to address consumer outcry over herbicides with glyphosate, a chemical that has been found to “probably cause cancer.”

Tweet of the Day

Don Carr @donpcarr

Imagine the outrage if farm subsidy recipients had half the stringent hoops to jump through as food stamp recipients 

Herd Around the Hill

Carbs and protein!! Check out the best new sandwiches to try around the District.


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