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    Default human sewage as fertiliser for crops!

    Treated human sewage, known as sludge or biosolids, is being spread on nearly 3,000 Midlands
    fields alone to grow crops such as corn and maize, said Severn Trent Water.

    http://www.mailonsunday.co.uk/scienc...ser-crops.html

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    Default Re: human sewage as fertiliser for crops!

    I don't see the problem with it. It's deemed to be safe and is more cost effective so should keep prices lower. We've always used animal fertiliser so I don't see why we shouldn't use human.

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    We already do. It's common practice in Ireland.
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    Default Re: human sewage as fertiliser for crops!

    How can estate agents fertilise crops exactly?

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    Quote Originally Posted by toxic avenger
    How can estate agents fertilise crops exactly?
    They don’t do it exactly, they do it in a random scuttery kind of way.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toxic avenger
    How can estate agents fertilise crops exactly?
    I speak with the experience of years working in the poo industry... a recession proof business!
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    well maybe we should stop.....

    Burning eyes, burning lungs, skin rashes and other symptoms of illness have been
    found in a study of residents living near land fertilized with Class B biosolids, a byproduct
    of the human waste treatment process.
    http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases...0730075144.htm

    Many cases of staphyloccoccal infections have been blamed on field-spread
    sewage sludge exposure. The bacteria usually is found on skin but can enter
    the body in wounds or orally, including strains that are resistant to
    antibiotics. Some cases have been fatal, but none has been directly linked
    to sludge. Sludge opponents note that the disease is found in raw sewage
    coming into treatment plants. But supporters say it has never been found in
    treated sludge.

    There have been a few high-profile cases in recent years that sludge
    opponents cite as ample evidence sludge is unsafe. In Augusta, Ga., a
    farmer was awarded $550,000 by a jury this year after hundreds of his cows
    died. The farmer blamed contaminated sewage sludge spread on his field,
    apparently because of high levels of the metal molybdenum.

    In 1994, 11-year-old Tony Behun of Osceolla Mills, Pa., rode a motorbike
    through a field where sludge had been recently spread. He developed a fever
    and lesions on his arm, fell into a coma, and died within a week.

    Public health officials say there is no verifiable link between the sludge
    and Behun's or anyone else's death. But sludge opponents disagree, and they
    have formed a loose-knit but global network aimed at ending the application
    of sludge used as fertilizer. Much of their information is exchanged over
    the Internet, compiling local anecdotes now shared far away.

    One of those opponents is microbiologist David Lewis, a former EPA
    scientist who has blasted the agency for inadequate regulation. Lewis says
    Behun's and possibly other people's sickness and death are tied to exposure
    to sludge.

    "The science is so bad, it clearly puts public health and safety at risk,"
    he told the Washington Post. Lewis, an award-winning EPA scientist, was
    fired from the agency this year, he says, because of his criticism of EPA
    sludge policy.

    Others say the EPA is acting in concert with the sludge industry because
    land application is the least-expensive disposal. The EPA even coined the
    term "biosolids" to help overcome the negative images that the word
    "sludge" raises. The name shouldn't disguise what's inside, said Inese
    Holte, who led an effort to ban sludge from being sprayed on Lakewood
    Township forests in the 1990s.

    http://www.organicconsumers.org/food...udge101403.cfm

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    Sewage contains all kinds of rubbish dumped into the sewers by industry including heavy metals.

    The best way to use the energy bound up in it is to take off the bio gas and incinerate the dried sludge cake and bury the ash.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mairteenpak
    Sewage contains all kinds of rubbish dumped into the sewers by industry including heavy metals.
    Yes, and what about all the detergents and medical waste that ends up in the sewers.

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