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Biosolids Are Contaminating Your Food

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

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  • A report from the U.S. Inspector General’s office finds the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) may not have protected human health in their regulation of biosolids, made from treated human and industrial waste
  • The use of sewage sludge began with the EPA 503 sludge rule, creating an opening for municipalities to use biosolids containing concentrated amounts of drugs, solvents and chemicals as agricultural fertilizer
  • The chemicals found in biosolids are the same the EPA calls “priority pollutants,” which by definition trigger human health effects, and are not removed from sewage sludge as most wastewater treatment plants do not have the capacity to eliminate them
  • Although most who grow vegetables in their garden seek to avoid the use of pesticides and additional toxic chemicals, the compost and organic fertilizers purchased from your local store may contain biosolids. Your best option to avoid sewage sludge is to purchase from a local nursery you know and trust

Biosolid is the commonly used term for treated recycled sewage sludge used as agricultural fertilizer. In this video interview with microbiologist David Lewis, Ph.D., he discusses information he uncovered in three decades working for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Lewis, a former senior-level research microbiologist at EPA-ORD, was terminated for publishing an article that raised concerns over the EPA 503 sludge rule. The rule addresses the standards to be used when sludge is applied to the land.


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