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New research suggests common herbicides are linked to antibiotic resistanceNovember 22, 2017 7.08pm GMT

More bad news about herbicides

Antibiotics are losing their ability to kill bacteria.

One of the main reasons for the rise in antibiotic resistance is the improper use of antibiotics, but our latest research shows that the ingredients in commonly-used weed killers like Round-up and Kamba can also cause bacteria to become less susceptible to antibiotics.


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Very interesting research. When working in Switzerland some years ago I attended a conference where a scientist presented his research on the effects of chemicals used in weed killers such as Round Up on animal life. It was horrifying and I’m sure research exists that can ditto some of these results with regard to humans. I am not surprised at the influence of these chemicals on the effectiveness of the potency of antibiotic use. I would also add a reminder of the direct affect these chemicals have on our health that cause us to have to use antibiotics in the first place. Here on Mallorca Island where my home is, folk now need a license to purchase such chemicals for garden/farming use. Too much too late? Also what ID does one have to offer in order to be granted a license? Wheels within wheels, more subterfuge, cloak and dagger behaviour? Why do we always appear to have more questions than answers when it comes to issues of disease and health? More to the point, why can’t Jo Average ever seem to make his voice heard?

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Yes, it is scary stuff.


We wipe out the weeds and thereby the things that feed on them ,insecticides wipe out the insects that are left and the songbirds have nothing to eat and are diminishing fast.


It is a difficult balance. Without most of the herbicides, most wheat grown would not make it to bread, so a loaf of bread would cost a lot of money. Farmers do not want to spray crops, it costs them time and money - the sprays are very expensive and the paperwork involved is huge. But the factories will not accept wheat or barley unless it is very clean. We want cheap food, but it costs somewhere along the line. I would love for all farms to be organic but there are not enough animals to provide the nutrients to go back into the soil and I, along with most people, would not be able to afford to eat.

Thank you for posting the article.


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