euphemism for human waste—are being used by some farmers as cheap fertilizer,
according the New York Times. Biosolids can be riddled with harmful Big Pharma
drugs. A new study shows that the animal and human drugs typically found in
biosolids may, even at very low levels, interfere with important hormones that
help the plant defend itself against predators and diseases. River water,
similarly contaminated with pharmaceuticals, has caused male fish to develop
female anatomy. At higher concentrations, the study found, even the vegetables
themselves are harmed by the drugs in the fertilizer.
are not permitted in organic production, but in conventional farming they fall
under the jurisdiction of the EPA. The agency’s regulations only place limits
on the amount of heavy metal and certain pathogens that are permitted—they are
completely silent on the presence of pharmaceutical drugs. Tell the EPA and
urge them to limit the amount of pharmaceutical drugs and personal care
products that are permitted in biosolids.
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Please Set Limits on the Levels of Drugs Allowed in Biosolids
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