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A CAVEAT FOR FARMERS, FOR INSURERS, FOR BANKS WHICH HOLD THE MORTGAGES ON FARMS, AND for  
SUBSEQUENT BUYERS OF THE SLUDGED FARM LAND

MYTH:  “’Fertilizing’ with sewage sludge biosolids increases yields.”     
Actually lime decreases yields, and so does repeated sludging.   It is the water in sludge that causes crop growth, but
the “go-along” chemicals increase toxic inorganic and organic pollutants in the soil and leaching of polluting nitrates to
ground water and phosphorus to surface waters.   Class A sludge has so  little nitrogen that huge amounts have to be
applied to reach the agronomic rate  for nitrogen, which again results in heavy application of toxic chemicals,
radioactivity, etc. in the sewage biosolids
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Farmer's Caveat II
"Many pesticides such as dieldrin, heptachlor and chlordane have been found in sewage sludge, along with a variety of
other chlorinated organic compounds such as polychlorinated biphenyls. Such compounds when ingested by animals
tend to accumulate in the body fat where they can persist for many months or years. Some plants such as lucerne,
cowpeas or oats are known to take up organochlorine pesticides into their tissues, although the route of uptake has
not been clearly determined. As such compounds tend to become more concentrated in each animal group up the food
chain, human beings are at significant risk of having the highest concentrations of these pesticides, which have caused
cancer in laboratory animals."
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March 24, 2008 -- University professor warns against use of sludge on farmland

Trenton - The use of sludge in farming is allowing toxins to enter food sources, says a university professor who has
studied the effects of chemicals and toxic metals in soil and how they could pose a threat to the environment and food
chains.  
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