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Antibiotics on Apples

Posted by Carissa Team Tink Staffer     0 Comment(s)    Add a Comment  comment-icon.png
09/29/2013 10:47 PM

Greetings from Tink World!

A few months ago, I blogged about the overuse of antibiotics in animals. Most of us are aware of the amount of antibiotics used in factory farmed animals. However, many of us probably don’t know about the use of antibiotics on produce.

Until recently, farmers in Washington State used oxytetracycline on their fruit trees. This antibiotic is used to fight fire blight. According to Dana Schultz’s article, “Antibiotics on Your Apples:  What You Need to Know,” fire blight is capable of wiping out an entire orchard. Schultz says that this was used in organic farming and has recently been brought before the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB). While many farmers threatened to abandon organic farming practices if they could no longer use the antibiotic, the board voted to “prohibit several non-organic and synthetic substances that are considered non essential to organic farming” says Schultz.

It’s obvious why we are becoming resistant to antibiotics. They are found in a lot of products, even those labeled organic, including fruit. Plus, many of us run to the doctor at the first sign of a cough looking for an instant cure.

So, the cure is to know your farmer and their practices. Also, you should be a little leery of always taking something for what ails you. There are many home remedies you can try. It’s also sometimes best to let the cold or your allergies simply run its course. I’m not telling you to dump your doctor, just be careful and try not to jump the gun.

As for markets, Team Tink will be at the Decatur Farmers Market on Wednesday, October 2 from 4-7 p.m. On Thursday, October 3, we’ll be at the Evans Towne Farmers Market from 4:30-7:00 p.m. Saturday, October 5, Team Tink will be at the Decatur Farmers Market from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Don’t forget that you can send an email with your wish list. You can now include Darby Farms chicken on your list. We are offering legs, breasts, wings, whole birds and hearts at the markets.

Well, that’s all for now. Have a great week! We’ll see you at the market.  


 
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