By Leah Zerbe
Sewage sludge, a common farm fertilizer banned in organic farming, could be laced with toxic chemicals from natural gas drilling
In the immediate, buy organic. Beyond that, push your reps to support the FRAC Act and a moratorium until hydraulic fracturing is proven safe.
Here’s an unappetizing reality of our food production system: Today’s farming practices include the application of sewage sludge (muck that’s left over after wastewater is treated); it can be sprayed all over food crops and on the crops grown for animals that we go on to eat. This practice in and of itself is causing problems with soil contamination, and is even blamed for “farm deaths” down South. But now, there’s a new addition to the toxic burden of the sludge as a result of the race to build thousands of natural gas drilling wells across the country.
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