stop applying biosolids on agricultural lands

More and more citizens across Ontario are becoming concerned about the application of sewage sludge a.k.a. biosolids on agricultural land. Public officials and environmental groups have raised alarm bells as reports of illness are springing up at an alarming rate. Since sewage sludge isn\'t just human waste, and contains pollutants from industrial (hospital, morgues, slaughter houses, etc.) and household wastes, it contains heavy metals, drugs/pharmaceuticals, organic compounds and disease-causing organisms. Biosolids can be more toxic than manure or raw sewage! Emerging contaminants; include; steriods, non-prescription drugs, insect repellents, detergents byproducts, disinfectants, plasticizers, fire retardants, anitbiotics, insecticides, reproductive hormones, other prescription drugs and solvents. Concerns being raised are; Health Risks - airborne pathogens, endotoxins, heavy metals, etc. Water Tables - contamination of wells, rivers, streams, lakes, abandoned wells, tile drains. Food Chain - roots from crops soak up nutrients and absorb pathogens. Property Values - if you live adjacent to a field being sludged, your property value decreases. wildlife - who protects them from grazing on a field that has been sludged, birds/rodents - do they carry toxins/antibiotic resistant diseases If you don\'t want to eat food grown in pathogenic human feces and untested industrial chemical wastes, please sign this petition. Anyone who eats or drinks should be concerned about this practice. All crops end up in the food chain one way or another, whether it is soya or wheat, corn or oats that is used to make feed for livestock, which also ends up on the kitchen table. There has to be an alternative to applying sewage sludge on rural farm lands.

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concerned citizens against biosolids on agricultural lands.

Links

Maureen Reilly, Researcher; www.sludgewatch-1-bounces@list.web.net Helane Shields, Researcher; hshields@worldpath.net www.safewatergroup.org

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