The latest poop. February 7, 2012Posted by ourfriendben in critters, gardening, homesteading, wit and wisdom.
Tags: farming with sludge, organic farming, sewage sludge, sludge fertilizer
Oops. Our friend Ben wrote a blog post yesterday about using treated sewage sludge on farm fields. The advantages to this are that farmers get free fertilizer, reducing their per-acre costs by at least $100 per acre, and that human waste is recycled in a way that benefits the environment, as opposed to building up in landfills.
Our friend Ben championed this on the grounds of my organic upbringing, that composted manure of any kind is beneficial to crops and plants in general. (Scroll down or type in the search bar at upper right for my earlier post, “Homeowners raise stink over farmers’ poop.”) And that applying human wastes to farm fields was an environmetally friendly way to recycle our wastes.
But it appears that, in this case, organics are against me. Organic farmers are forbidden to use human sludge on their fields, if they want organic certification.
Needless to say, this scares me. If human sludge is so toxic we can’t even apply it to our farm fields, what does that say about us? What kind of life, what kind of health, can we claim for ourselves if organic practitioners deny our waste as viable fertilizer? Yikes. Why are animal wastes acceptable when our own wastes aren’t?