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Action of the Week is intended to provide you, our supporters and network, with one concrete action that you can take each week to have your voice heard on governmental actions that are harmful to the environment and public and worker health, increase overall pesticide use, or undermine the advancement of organic, sustainable, and regenerative practices and policies.

This week: Tell Congress to Stop EPA from Allowing Antibiotic Use in Citrus Production

Tell Congress to stop the Trump administration from opening the floodgates to permit widespread use of antibiotics in citrus production (grapefruits, oranges and tangerines).

Despite the building national and international crisis of deadly bacterial resistance to antibiotics, this new allowance would expand on an emergency use decision the Environmental Protection Agency made in 2017. It permits up to 480,000 acres of citrus trees in Florida to be treated with more than 650,000 pounds of streptomycin per year; 23,000 citrus acres in California will likely be treated annually.

The World Health Organization has called bacterial resistance “one of the biggest threats to global health, food security, and development today.”

Tell your U.S. Senators and Representative to urge EPA to reject the use of antibiotics in food production, including citrus production.

>> Tell Your Senators and Representative to urge EPA to reject the use of antibiotics in food production, including citrus production

Additionally, you can leave a comment on the federal government's public comment page, letting the Trump Administration know directly that you oppose antibiotic use in food production. Please find links and a draft comment created by Beyond Pesticides here.

 Thank you for taking action!

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