Health News, 2018: Agricultural & Human Antibiotic Waste Treatment does Not Work


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By Alex Wierbinski - Posted on 12 April 2018

 

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Agricultural & Human Waste Treatment Does Not Work

Remnants of antibiotics persist in treated farm waste, research finds,
University at Buffalo, April 12, 2018.

 

Background

"Each year, farmers in the U.S. purchase tens of millions of pounds of antibiotics that are approved for use in cows, pigs, fowl and other livestock."

"When farmers repurpose the animals’ manure as fertilizer or bedding, traces of the medicines leach into the environment, raising concerns that agriculture may be contributing to the rise of antibiotic-resistant bacteria."

(No, it is certain the bacteria are self-selecting mutations to get around all the antibiotics they are exposed to.)

 

TREATMENT FAILURE

"...two of the most elite waste treatment systems available today on farms do not fully remove antibiotics from manure."

"...leave behind concerning levels of antibiotic residues, which can include both the drugs themselves and molecules that the drugs break down into."

 

FARMERS NOT TREATING MOST CONTAMINATED MANURE

"...uncovered new findings about solid excrement, which is often filtered out from raw, wet manure before the treatment technologies are implemented."

"...this solid matter may contain higher concentrations of antibiotics than unprocessed manure, a discovery that is particularly disturbing because this material is often released into the environment when it’s used as animal bedding or sold as fertilizer."

"...that the treatment techniques are implemented only after most solids are already separated from the raw manure, meaning that the bulk of the solid matter may go untreated."

"...antibiotic compounds tend to migrate from the liquid parts of the manure into the solids during treatment, making it arguably more important to treat than the latter."

"Waste treatment systems are not designed to remove antibiotics"

 

A VAST GLOBAL PROBLEM
30 MILLION POUNDS A YEAR HERE

"According to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, more than 30 million pounds of antibiotics approved for use in food-producing livestock were sold or distributed in the United States in 2016. And these are just a fraction of the total antibiotics used annually around the world in humans and animals."

 

HUMAN WASTE TREATMENT MISSES ANTIBIOTICS, TOO

“This problem is not limited to agriculture: Waste treatment systems today, including those designed to handle municipal wastewater, hospital wastes and even waste from antibiotic manufacturing industries, do not have treatment of antibiotics in mind."

 

A COMMON PROBLEM

"...humans and animals are often treated with the same or similar antibiotics."

 

 

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