Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Ongoing Cycle Spreading Antibiotic-Resistant Bacteria

"And this is just one part of an ongoing cycle: the new, antibiotic-resistant bacteria in the soil can potentially enter our food chain when we eat the harvested crops and then, when they reach our gut, they can evolve again when they mix with the microflora that naturally live there. Once we excrete these bacteria, they enter our sewerage system and, from there, they can re-enter agricultural systems when sludge is used as a fertiliser, or when wastewater is used for irrigation."

How to avoid the antibiotic apocalypse? Look down at the ground - The Guardian