Photo by Melody

Sustainable Alternatives: Sewage Sludge in Food Production

Communities > Forums > Sustainable Alternatives
bookmark
Forum: Sustainable AlternativesReplies: 8, Views: 93
Add to Bookmarks
-
AuthorContent
twiggybuds
Moss Point, MS
(Zone 8b)

April 2, 2009
4:49 AM

Post #6353329

HR 185 is a bill that has been sent to committee. It prohibits the use of farmland for food, food animals and their products (such as eggs and milk) and feed for food animals that has been amended with sewage sludge for a period of one year. It provides exceptions if consumers are notified by labeling of signage.

I'm having trouble believing that right now it is a legal practice to spread this stuff on fields and then plant food crops or graze animals on it. OMG!!!!

It is and always has been prohibited in the ORGANIC CERTIFICATION program. No wonder people are willing to pay more for organic produce.

Sludge contains residues of anything mankind can pour or flush down a drain. IMHO this is one food safety bill they needed to pass a hundred years ago. Let them use sludge for bio-fuels, not my food. This one shouldn't even need debate.

http://www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h111-185&tab=summary




This message was edited Apr 2, 2009 11:46 AM

greenhouse_gal

greenhouse_gal
Southern NJ
United States
(Zone 7a)

April 2, 2009
11:31 AM

Post #6353724

When we first moved to our place, in the early '70s, several solid waste authorities in the area were promoting the use of their sludge products for gardening. Against my better judgment we did apply some of it on very young fruit trees, none of which ever ended up bearing much mostly due to the poor soil. Currently, with all the recent findings on the impacts of not only pharmaceuticals and heavy metals but also pathogens in water and waste products, I have to wonder, like you, why anyone would want such products anywhere near their food OR lawns!

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

April 2, 2009
6:58 PM

Post #6355403

Unfortunately it is widely practiced, and very much so by the guys who pump home septic tanks.
twiggybuds
Moss Point, MS
(Zone 8b)

April 2, 2009
7:44 PM

Post #6355581

This opens up a whole new concern for me. How many vendors at the farmer's market take advantage of this free fert and how many small farmers that sell to co-ops so it ends up on everyone's plate. I know the city of Milwaukee has been marketing their sludge to homeowners for years under the brand name Milorganite. Many times I've seen on the daylily forum that folk's think it's great for their flowers but I've never heard of anyone putting it on edibles. I know my sandy soil leaches rapidly but there are plenty of clay soils that don't. I'm not sure one year is long enough. I know this stuff has to be deposited somewhere but yuck. And how many more poop police and paper shufflers will it take to try to keep up with this? Is this realistic and enforceable?

Right now I'm in a dark mood and feel like America is being inundated with crxp from all quarters. I think I'll just grow my garden as best I can.

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

April 2, 2009
7:55 PM

Post #6355621

The one year exemption certainly doesn't make the toxic heavy metals just vanish, nor the flushed pharmaceuticals...
garden_mermaid
San Francisco Bay Ar, CA
(Zone 9b)

April 2, 2009
8:35 PM

Post #6355766

This is the dawning of the age of mycellium...

Thankfully they're around for bioremeditaion.
cpredhead
Ruffin, NC

April 7, 2009
6:47 PM

Post #6378257

This $#!+ got me into farming. My mother, who owns the land on which I live (will inherit) allowed this for a couple of years. We finally said no more. It was making more hay for the man who cut it and mama wasn't getting a cent for the hay. She only wanted to keep her farm tax exemption. We leased the land, said no more sludge, and now we have some fields - where no sludge was applied - and we're trying to raise safe food. I'll be asking tons of questions on this forum as I need a lot of healp learning to things in an acceptable manner.
C
David_Paul
Clinton, CT
(Zone 6b)

April 8, 2009
5:57 AM

Post #6380979

My town sells compost which includes the debris street sweepers pick up. People buy it because it is "compost"!

darius

darius
So.App.Mtns.
United States
(Zone 5b)

April 8, 2009
10:50 AM

Post #6381186

Yuck.

The tree trimmers around here will give you their chipper loads but they throw in their lunch trash, soda cans, cigarettes, and use it as a receptacle for their smokeless tobacco spittle too.

You cannot post until you register and login.


Other Sustainable Alternatives Threads you might be interested in:

SubjectThread StarterRepliesLast Post
Welcome to the sustainable alternatives discussion forum! dave 136 May 17, 2012 9:36 PM
Do you have green roofs in your city? frostweed 45 Apr 26, 2011 9:19 AM
First post! Home made organic fertilizer renwings 76 Mar 22, 2012 1:21 PM
Permaculture? darius 234 Mar 22, 2008 11:13 PM
Anyone use rainwater or grey water? spot8907 151 Jul 22, 2013 5:23 AM


We recommend Firefox
Overwhelmed? There's a lot to see here. Try starting at our homepage.

[ Home | About | Advertise | Media Kit | Mission | Featured Companies | Submit an Article | Terms of Use | Tour | Rules | Privacy Policy | Contact Us ]

Back to the top

Copyright © 2000-2014 Dave's Garden, an Internet Brands company. All Rights Reserved.
 

Hope for America