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'Forever chemicals' may have polluted 20m acres of US cropland, study says
by Tom Perkins

The Guardian    Translate This Article
10 May 2022

On 10 May 2022 The Guardian reported: About 20 million acres of cropland in the United States may be contaminated from PFAS-tainted sewage sludge that has been used as fertilizer, a new report estimates. PFAS, or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances, are a class of about 9,000 compounds used to make products heat-, water- or stain-resistant. Known as 'forever chemicals' because they don't naturally break down, they have been linked to cancer, thyroid disruption, liver problems, birth defects, immunosuppression, and more. Global Good News service views this news as the failure of modern environment and health systems. Such 'flops' highlight the need for more intelligent, evolutionary, Natural Law based, life-supporting systems.

... The analysis, conducted by the Environmental Working Group (EWG), is an attempt to understand the scope of cropland contamination stemming from sewage sludge, or biosolids. Regulators don't require sludge to be tested for PFAS or closely track where its spread, and public health advocates warn the practice is poisoning the nation's food supply. ... Sludge disposal can be expensive so the waste management industry is increasingly repackaging it as fertilizer because excrement is rich in plant nutrients.

... EPA [U.S. Environmental Protection Agency] records show over 19bn pounds of sludge has been used as fertilizer since 2016 in the 41 states where the agency tracks the amount of sludge that's spread, but not the location. It's estimated that 60% of the nation's sludge is spread on cropland or other fields annually.

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