Lettuce takes up toxic additives from tire wearSubmitted by editor on Mon, 02/27/2023 - 14:28
by University of Vienna
Credit: University of Vienna
Wind, sewage sludge, and waste water carry tire wear particles from roads onto farmland. A new lab study shows that the pollutants contained in the particles could get into the vegetables grown there. Researchers at the Center for Microbiology and Environmental Systems Science (CMESS) at the University of Vienna have investigated whether chemicals released from tires find their way into lettuce plants and could ultimately end up on our plates.
Their analyses showed that the lettuce took up all the compounds studied—some of them highly toxic. Further investigations will focus on showing how this process actually takes place in arable soils. The study has now been published in the international journal Environmental Science & Technology.
Driving a car produces tire wear particles, which are blown into the environment by the wind and washed into rivers and sewage by the rain—in total around 1 kg per citizen per year. Through the atmosphere and with the waste water or the sewage sludge used as fertilizer in agriculture, the tire particles can reach agricultural soils. There, potentially harmful chemicals might be released from the tire into the environment.
U.S. federal rule 503 is responsible for the mass distribution of sewage sludge onto America’s farmland & into our livesSubmitted by editor on Tue, 02/21/2023 - 11:25
The 503 Rule is the U.S. federal rule responsible for the mass distribution of sewage sludge onto America’s farmland and into our lives. Get Informed.
OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA, USA, February 14, 2023 /EINPresswire.com/ -- MOM’S RESEARCH REVEALS INCREASED RISK OF DISEASE IN HER COMMUNITY WHERE BIOSOLIDS HAVE BEEN APPLIED TO FARMLAND FOR 40+ YEARS, AND DNA THAT LINKS BIOSOLIDS TO ILLNESS. ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF NONPROFIT TO DISMANTLE AND REPLACE THE FEDERAL BIOSOLIDS RULE.
Today, February 14th, 2023, during public comments at the Oklahoma City City Council meeting, Mission503 announces their formation, as well as their pursuit to change the federal rule governing the “standards for the use and disposal of sewage sludge”, 40 CFR Part 503.
Concerned that biosolids (sewage sludge) being used on farmland near her home in northeast Oklahoma City, near Jones, OK, were making her family sick, in 2016 Paula Yockel and her young son left home to escape their illnesses from biosolids. Paula went in pursuit of facts, not knowing that 6+ years of testing and research would uncover DNA evidence linking biosolids to her illness, as well as reveal increased risk of infectious disease, cancer, respiratory disease, heart disease, mental disorders, birth defects, and other diseases in her community where Oklahoma City has land applied their biosolids for over 40 years.
Toxic Heavy Metals in Our FoodSubmitted by editor on Fri, 02/10/2023 - 13:31
A recent story came out in the popular press about the heavy metals lead and cadmium being found in certain dark chocolate products. As this article points out, one of the ways these heavy metals enter our food supply is via sewage sludge applied on land as so-called 'fertilizer' where food is grown for human consumption. Here, read it yourself: What are the sources of lead and cadmium?
SLUDGE TRACKER PRESENTATION: Adverse Effects of Land-Disposed Toxic Sewage Sludge on Human and Environmental HealthSubmitted by editor on Mon, 01/09/2023 - 21:26
SLUDGE TRACKER: The Adverse Impact of Land-Disposed Toxic Sewage Sludge on Human & Environmental HealthSubmitted by editor on Sat, 12/10/2022 - 11:14
Toxicus ad Infinitum
The Adverse Impact of Land-Disposed Toxic Sewage Sludge on Human & Environmental Health
HORUS PUBLISHING, INC.
Richard C. Honour, PhD, Author
Michelle Horkings-Brigham, Author
Sludge Tracker unveils the inept practices of toxic waste disposal by agencies and industry, as seen through the eyes and experiences of citizens and activists. This seminal work reveals the dangerous and destructive consequences of land-disposed Toxic Sewage Sludge, while shining a light forward on how we can build a healthier, more vibrant future.
Land-disposed Toxic Sewage Sludge, water-disposed wastewater effluents, and the land or water disposal of other toxic wastes, such as leachates from landfills, provoke a broad spectrum of adverse impacts on human and environmental health, noting well that nearly all chronic diseases are incited by long-term exposure to low levels of environmental contaminants and pollutants.
Our mismanaged wastes contribute to the global crisis of climate change, and to pollution of our air, food, soil, and water, leading to famine, drought, compromised health, epidemics, deforestation, and lost biodiversity. No matter the source, kind or concentration of toxics in our wastes, whether in sludges from wastewater treatment plants, wastewater effluents, stormwater runoff, landfill leachates, industrial or medical wastes, or agriculture runoff that may include fertilizers, pesticides or wastes from concentrated animal feeding operations, the net result is environmental degradation. The consequences include a decline in readily available potable water supplies, aggravated further by climate change and population growth.
It’s all about the reluctance of agencies to safely manage our produced, released, and ever-accumulating wastes, and it’s about water—good, clean, potable water. Earth is a planet with surface water, and it resides at a steady state, meaning there will never be more or less water than we have now, and it’s often in the wrong form or place. We need potable water for survival, yet today, nearly half the world’s population is adversely affected by a shortage of fresh water, and such predicament incites disease, famine, food insecurity, wildfire, human migration, and war. Therefore, we must notice that it’s all about the ready availability of clean water for the safeguarding of human and environmental health, which current infrastructure fails to do.
We can act by protecting our air, food, soil, and water from contamination and pollution, or we can bear witness to an alarming decline of our life-sustaining resources. The climate is changing and the population is increasing, while we continue to contaminate and deplete our critical fresh waters, never seeking alternatives or improvements for proper management of our growing toxic wastes. Protecting our essential resources is critical to human survival. Workable solutions exist to convert toxic wastes to renewable clean energy and beneficial byproducts—a climate crisis no longer.