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Apples and especially pears are vulnerable to a nasty bacterial infection called fire blight that, left unchecked, can spread quickly, killing fruit trees and sometimes devastating whole orchards.
It’s such a big threat that for decades, growers have seen two antibiotics, streptomycin and oxytetracycline, as vital weapons in the fight to control the disease — even on organic apples and pears.
But their use has raised questions about transparency in organic labeling, amid concerns about the overuse of antibiotics in food production.
Read the full article here: Surprise: Organic Apples And Pears Aren’t Free Of Antibiotics