Post by lilolpeapicker on May 28, 2021 19:42:43 GMT -5
Send an email to tell Congress to ban PFAS forever chemicals: tinyurl.com/BanPFAS Toxic PFAS forever chemicals have been found in natural garden fertilizers as detailed in a new report by Ecology Center and Sierra Club. PFAS contamination comes from biosolids (also known as sewage sludge or biosludge) used to produce the fertilizers. Not only were worrying levels of PFAS in the parts per billion (ppb) detected, but the fertilizers also contained synthetic fluorinated chemicals that potentially break down into PFAS. More research is clearly needed. If you've purchased these or any other natural fertilizers made from biosolids, we suggest returning the products or using hazardous waste disposal. PFAS chemicals are called forever chemicals because they don't break down. They pollute the environment and bioaccumulate in our bodies. They have been found to be toxic in the parts per trillion (ppt), and are linked to kidney and liver damage, cancer, neurological damage, developmental problems, autoimmune disorders. Oh, what a toxic world we live in 🤮. BTW, we use Espoma garden fertilizers formulated for organic gardening.
Have a great gardening day! hoe, hoe, hoe Pea Upstate NY, zone 5
I use Espoma's line of organic fertilizers. They come from things like poultry manure and feather meal. I don't use anything with cottonseed meal in it since land used to grow cotton is treated with arsenates.
lilolpeapicker , and we know very well why it's genetically modified. Being genetically modified in itself isn't a problem. The problem is the reason WHY it's GMO which enables broad spectrum herbicides to be used in the field without killing the wanted crop.
FWIW, Patagonia goes to considerable measures to avoid chemicals, ensure that workers toil in safe conditions, are paid a fair wage, etc. Their cotton, and more recently their hemp clothing (heavy duty, great for rough work), are examples.
I've been to a sheep ranch in (geographic) Argentine Patagonia which had twice tried to be certified by Patagonia and failed. But they were still trying, and committed to the overall environmental goal.
As Rick explains, it involves water, fair wages, safe working conditions, and other factors as well. It's not a simple problem by any means. The more you try to "do the right thing" the more you realize how large and complex the problem is, and how difficult and expensive the solution may be, whether it's cotton or anything else.
ETA: The list of companies trying to do something similar is growing. I think that Prana is one, but I don't really try to keep up with who's doing what. Any company that has signed up for and implements One Percent for the Planet is a good start.