EPA sued over streptomycin use on citrus trees | CIDRAP

Among the concerns are that the massive amounts of streptomycin sprayed on citrus trees will end up in soil and nearby waterways and promote the emergence of streptomycin-resistant pathogens. The groups also argue that use of both antibiotics has not solved the citrus greening problem, but has only slowed the spread of the disease.

“First off, medically important antibiotics are the foundation of modern medicine, and we should not be using them for purposes of anything other than treating illness,” Wellington said. “When you add on to it the fact that spraying medically important antibiotics on citrus trees will not actually solve the citrus industry’s problem, it’s completely insane.”

Source: EPA sued over streptomycin use on citrus trees | CIDRAP