From Joseph Mercola, DO
The use of sewage sludge as fertilizer for your food, renamed “biosolids” by slick industry PR firms, is a growing and under-publicized threat to human health. Sewage sludge is the residue generated during the treatment of domestic waste and contains a cocktail of hazardous substances from industry, hospitals and humans — anything that is discharged into the sewage system.
Some city sewer lines run right to the factories, allowing them to dump their waste into the city’s sewage treatment plants. This saves industries a lot of money because once a regulated chemical or waste enters the sewer line, they’re suddenly exempt from EPA regulation.
While many, including myself, have highlighted the serious dangers posed by wide application of sewage sludge for decades, new awareness was created by a report from the U.S. Inspector General’s office (OIG) titled, “EPA Unable to Assess the Impact of Hundreds of Unregulated Pollutants in Land-Applied Biosolids on Human Health and the Environment.”