Environmental Health

"Misgivings About How a Weed Killer Affects the Soil"

"ALTON, Iowa — The puny, yellow corn stalks stand like weary sentries on one boundary of Dennis Von Arb’s field here. On a windy day this spring, his neighbor sprayed glyphosate on his fields, and some of the herbicide blew onto Mr. Von Arb’s conventionally grown corn, killing the first few rows."

Source: NY Times, 09/20/2013

"CDC: Deadliest Drug Resistance Comes From Hospitals, Not Farms"

A new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control ranks the causes of the antibiotic resistance in bacteria that kills an estimated 23,000 Americans every year. One surprise is the finding that hospitals are an even bigger source of resistant bacteria than are food animal feeding operations.

Source: NPR, 09/18/2013

Antibiotic-Resistant Infections Lead to 23,000 Deaths a Year: CDC

"Federal health officials reported Monday that at least two million Americans fall ill from antibiotic-resistant bacteria every year and that at least 23,000 die from those infections, putting a hard number on a growing public health threat. It was the first time that federal authorities quantified the effects of organisms that many antibiotics are powerless to fight."

Source: NY Times, 09/17/2013


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