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Are Your Vegetables on Drugs?

Rotting Vegetables

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  • Sewage sludge used for fertilizer may contain a cocktail of pharmaceutical drugs; when the sludge is then applied to a farm field as fertilizer, the plants get exposed to pharmaceuticals as well
  • Even with low-level exposure, drugs in sewage sludge interfered with plant hormones that support defenses against predators and diseases
  • There’s no way to know whether you’re purchasing biosolids in fertilizer or compost for your backyard, as companies are not required to disclose when they’re being used

By Dr. Mercola

Sewage sludge, or "biosolids" – as they're referred to with a PR spin – are a type of fertilizer that began being "recycled" into food crops when, ironically, it was realized that dumping them into rivers, lakes, and bays was an environmental disaster.

This sludge is what's leftover after sewage is treated and processed. The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states that about 50 percent of all biosolids are recycled to land and explains:


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