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Re: “Bio-not-so-solids

This has been going on for many years.

It is nothing new and it is as stupid and dangerous as it ever was.

Scott's made a product in the late 90's early 2000's. Scott's Garden Soil. After my garden failed using the product I read many warnings on the back of the package and called Scott's to find out what was in it.

Scott's said they used Biosolids. I knew what that was and pinned the supervisor down with questions until she admitted that it was municipal sludge, a phrase she used only once.

"Bio-solids" is what Scotts calls municipal sludge/toxic industrial waste. A warning on the back of the garden soil I was using read "It is recommended that you wear gloves when working with this product". Also, none of the plants that I placed in this soil grew very well. Some died, none thrived. Those areas of my garden that I did not use this product continued to thrive as they had for the last five years. I knew sludge/toxins was being used to fertilize farmland. I didn't know that it was being sold to the general public.

The package also had some other interesting information. Remember that after you flush your toilet or some industry sends its wastewater through the city sewer, the waste water treatment plant takes out the water and recycles it.

The muck that is left over (more appropriately called crap) is magically changed into "A blend of quality ingredients" according to Scotts' package info. Scotts goes further and says this product will " ... help the growth of outdoor plants in native soils."

This says two things. Don't use the product indoors and don't try to grow the plants directly in this concoction, mix it with the dirt you have in your garden.

Another quote "Not recommended for pots or containers." I wonder why? Too many "quality ingredients" for potted plants?

"Specially formulated with composted materials ... and added nutrients". I haven't figured out which one is the bio-solids (a.k.a. "sludge") and Scotts couldn't answer that one either.

"In the state of Washington do not exceed 130 bags per acre". This is the most interesting one. I found out that it is AGAINST THE LAW in the state of Washington to put more than 130 bags of this material on an acre of land. Illegal!!

Let's review...
1. Don't put your hands in it.
2. Don't try to grow something directly in this material.
3. You must mix it with regular soil. One part Scotts to three parts good dirt.
4. Do not use it for potted plants.
5. In the state of Washington it is against the law to use more than 130 bags on one acre of land.
6. Scotts says that this is a blend of "quality ingredients".
7. The quality ingredients include municipal sludge and toxic industrial waste. It also includes high amounts of arsenic and lead.
8. Scotts wants you to eat the food grown from this poison.
9. Our government is fully aware that this is happening.

Certain people in government (regulatory heads)are manipulated to encourage this because it is the producer of the toxic sludge they don't want to properly dispose of.

Our health is not their concern. Our welfare is not their concern. Getting rid of sludge is their concern.

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Posted by michael0156 on 04/03/2009 at 5:53 PM

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