“Forever chemicals,” used in everyday consumer products, have been linked to cancer, brain damage, thyroid disease, low birth weight, obesity, infertility, hormone suppression. and other health issues.
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Lab analysis ordered by Sierra Club and Ecology Center in Michigan found per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) chemicals in all nine samples of biosludge home fertilizers sent for testing. Eight of the nine bags had a content level exceeded level of examination set by the state of Maine.
The products, which are sold “eco” or “natural,” are sold at stores such as Home Depot, Lowes, Menards and Ace Hardware.
Biosludge, or biosolids, is a mixture of human waste, industrial chemicals and strengthening medicines that are “lightly treated” with dirty water treatment plants, repackaged and sold as a home fertilizer.
The latest findings raise concerns about the risks of applying fertilizer containing PFAS to food crops.
Gillian Miller, senior scientist at the Ecology Center, told The Guardian:
“Dispersing biosolids or contaminants in the dirt where we grow food means that there is PFAS that can get into the soil, some will be taken up by plants, and when plants are eaten, that’s directly through the body.”
‘Forever chemicals’ accumulate in people
PFAS, also known as “forever chemicals” because of their persistence in human nature – means they are indestructible and and later – poisonous to humans.
Studies CONNECT kidney and testicular cancer chemicals, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, pre-eclampsia in pregnant women, birth weight weights and decreased vaccine response in children. Chemicals are also possible CAUSE thyroid disease, obesity, decreased fertility and hormone suppression.
PFAS goes into biosludge when industries that use chemicals to make products that are resistant to water, stains and grease dump the chemicals into public sewer systems. PFAS and other industrial chemicals end up in wastewater treatment plants where they are combined with human waste and made into semi-solid sludge.
In addition to being sold for residential use, biosludge is also available applied on farms, forests, parks and golf courses, a practice said by some to cause health problems.
According to the Guardian:
“The scattering of biosolids full of pollutant on farmland has harmed people, polluted drinking water and infested plants, livestock and people in everything from pharmaceuticals to PFAS.”
Public health advocates are calling for federal action to ban the use of toxic “forever chemicals” after 100% of breast milk samples were found to be contaminated with PFAS at a level of 2,000. times considered safe for drinking water.https://t.co/Dx3ytn4ngd
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PFAS is found in pesticides used for mosquito control
Recently, timeless chemicals have been found in pesticides used to kill mosquitoes in Maryland. The test is ordered by Public Officials for Environmental Responsibility and The Maryland Pesticide Education Network found high levels of PFAS in a pesticide sprayed by the state every spring and summer to kill mosquitos.
Findings raise concern about the human health and environmental effects of spraying pesticides combined with endless chemicals.
Ruth Berlin, executive director of the Maryland Pesticide Education Network, SAY the Chesapeake Bay Journal:
“Spraying millions of acres with chemicals that are not harmful to the environment, and where there is no safe way to spray, cannot be done in vain.”
PFAS has been found in ‘witch’ brews ’many diseases in New Jersey
PFAS was also found in a toxic cocktail of chemicals emitted by two industrial plants in New Jersey that complainants said many cases caused birth defects, cancer and other disease of many people.
Four lawsuits have been filed against five companies in federal court for the District of New Jersey alleging environmental contamination from plants, including heavy metals, solvents and forever chemicals, contaminated water, soil and air, cause many health issues to nearby residents.
Steven Phillips, an attorney representing the plaintiffs in the chemicals lawsuit, SAY NJ Spotlight News:
“You really have a brew of witches that has exposed a population for years and decades. It’s a public health disaster.”
The defendants in the case, which includes Minnesota-based 3M, a leading manufacturer of PFAS chemicals accused to “manufacture, use and dispose of PFAS chemicals and are responsible for their pollution of air, water and soil.”