"TOXIC SLUDGE IS GOOD FOR YOU"*
Traditionally, agricultural societies used composted human waste as good fertilizer. With the industrial revolution people moved to congested cities, far from farmland. Then, untreated sewage and all sorts of toxic by-products from the new industries were mixed and piped together into rivers and oceans—it was the cheapest thing to do. However, the resulting mixtures are truly toxic and not usable:
At present, sewage treatment plants produce concentrated sludge, which contains organic nutrients plus the heavy metals and other toxic substances from industry. Sludge typically contains:
Also, "the full extent of the radioactive contamination of sewage sludge . . . is unknown."
The sludge from the Milwaukee sewage treatment plant has been sold for seventy years as "Milorganite" with a warning not to use it when growing food. Unforturnately, now about twenty-eight million pounds of sludge is produced every year and we are being told by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the public relations industry that this sludge is excellent fertilizer for farmers to use when growing our food.
Article from NOHA NEWS, Vol. XXI, No. 2, Spring 1996, page 6.