What’s in Your Organic Fertilizer?

There seems to be something seriously (and intentionally) deceptive, if not downright criminal about biosolids being labeled as natural and organic fertilizer. Don’t know what biosolids are? That’s because the sewage sludge industry (yes, there is a sewage sludge industry with its own lobby) has created the euphemism biosolids to replace the term sewage sludge. That’s right. Human waste. Industrial waste. Hospital waste. The end product of wastewater treatment plants.

Sewage sludge regularly tests positive for thousands of contaminants: a host of heavy metals, flame-retardants, polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, pharmaceuticals, phthalates, dioxins, steroids and hormones. Only a handful of these contaminants are even regulated by the U.S. government, but somehow spreading this sludge on farm fields as fertilizer to grow our food seems like a good idea?

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