The New York Times reports that:
Citrus Farmers Facing Deadly Bacteria Turn to Antibiotics, Alarming Health Officials
In its decision to approve two drugs for orange and grapefruit trees, the E.P.A. largely ignored objections from the C.D.C. and the F.D.A., which fear that expanding their use in cash crops could fuel antibiotic resistance in humans.
But Dr Kevin Folta, a plant genetics expert I interviewed last year, claims there is no need for this, if the citrus trees can be genetically altered to be resistant to what’s decimating them.
But big brands won’t have GM ingredients in products for fear of backlash.
This is yet another example of the trade offs we face with globalised pests, climate change and so on: https://innovation-forum.co.uk/analysis.php?s=how-and-why-genome-editing-can-transform-agriculture
How about if they are gene edited, rather than GM? Seems no less acceptable for fundamentalists. (If you want to know the difference, listen to the 10 minute podcast above)