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Biosolids Are Contaminating Your Food

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Biosolid is the commonly used term for treated recycled sewage sludge used as agricultural fertilizer. In this video interview with microbiologist David Lewis, Ph.D., he discusses information he uncovered in three decades working for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

Lewis, a former senior-level research microbiologist at EPA-ORD, was terminated for publishing an article that raised concerns over the EPA 503 sludge rule. The rule addresses the standards to be used when sludge is applied to the land.1

In his article,2 Lewis blew the whistle on corruption and conflict of interest at the EPA causing industrial waste and toxins to be added into fertilizer that is then applied to farm land and added to potting soil.

In his book, “Science for Sale: How the US Government Uses Powerful Corporations and Leading Universities to Support Government Policies, Silence Top Scientists, Jeopardize Our Health, and Protect Corporate Profits,” he elaborates on the enormous conflict of interest between U.S. industry and federal regulatory agencies allowing toxins to be quite literally spread on the land all-around the U.S.

Solution of Eliminating Human Waste Corrupted by Industrial Waste

The practice of using biosolids began when it became clear how dumping the sludge directly into waterways was damaging the environment.3 After the Cuyahoga River outside Cleveland, Ohio, caught on fire in 19694 as a result of high levels of pollution, the Clean Water Act and the Clean Air Act were enacted.

President Richard Nixon also created the EPA to regulate the air and water and protect human health. Looking for another avenue to dispose of the waste, industry turned to municipal wastewater treatment plants.

Organic waste commonly used in biosolids includes human waste product and industrial waste delivered to municipal treatment plants. If human waste were the only product returned to the soil, it would complete the cycle of regenerative agriculture, returning nitrogen and phosphorus back into the soil.

However, the industrial waste corrupts the process by concentrating toxins, which are then spread as fertilizer onto agricultural lands, parklands, golf courses, lawns and cemeteries. Biosolids are also used in mine reclamation, to cover inactive landfills, or to add layers in active landfills.5

Although the U.S. Inspector General believes the EPA controls are incomplete and may have failed to protect human health when regulating biosolids,6 according to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality:7

“Biosolids are one of the most studied materials that have ever been regulated by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA). Decades of studies have demonstrated that biosolids can be safely used for the production of crops.

The National Academy of Sciences has reviewed current practices, public health concerns, and regulator standards and has concluded that “the use of these materials in the production of crops for human consumption when practiced in accordance with existing federal guidelines and regulations, presents negligible risk to the consumer, to crop production and to the environment.”

EPA Unsure of Biosolid Safety

As Lewis describes in the video, none of the toxic organic chemicals regulated by the EPA is monitored in sewage sludge and only nine of 27 toxic heavy metals are monitored. According to a recently-published investigation by the Office of Inspector General, a broad list of potential threats have not been evaluated.

The agency has identified 352 chemical pollutants making their way out of wastewater treatment plants in treated biosolids, including pesticides, pharmaceuticals and solvents.8 Of these, 61 are listed as hazardous materials with known human effects. However, to date the EPA has not completed a risk assessment for any.

The industry argument is that biosolid fertilizers slowly release nitrogen and phosphorus as well as essential micronutrients, including nickel and copper. However, biosolids also contain pharmaceutical compounds, hormones, fire retardants and plasticizers. Once pumped onto farm lands and golf courses they can be washed into local water sources, ending up in the food chain.9

As Lewis explains, once these chemicals have dissolved in fat they bioaccumulate and can become neurotoxic. According to the EPA, nearly half of the biosolids generated in the U.S. are ultimately applied to populated areas. The other half may be sent to incinerators or landfills.10

While the EPA has consistently monitored biosolids for nine regulated substances, they lack any data to determine the safety of hundreds of others found in the material.

The EPA formally responded to the Inspector General’s office, attempting to negate the potential effects on human health, saying,11 “The occurrence of pollutants and biosolids does not necessarily mean that those pollutants pose a risk to public health and the environment.”

The city of Lacrosse, Wisconsin, located on the Mississippi River, reportedly dumps 12 million gallons of biosolids a year on surrounding fields.12 The city does not test wastewater or solids for emerging contaminants, including those mentioned by the inspector general in its audit.

Reminiscent of comments made after widespread lead contamination in water supplying Flint, Michigan, was discovered,13 Jared Greeno, wastewater treatment plant superintendent, said:14 “At this time, we’re not required by DNR, so we haven’t done those tests.”

How Industrial Pollution Moved From Waterways to Farmland

Lewis recalls the old slogan, “The solution to pollution is dilution,” used to describe why industrial wastewater was pumped directly into streams and rivers, for eventual dilution in the oceans.

Today, the process of using biosolids spreads pollution on golf courses, school grounds and farmlands, concentrating the toxins’ effects and exposing large vulnerable populations to concentrated hazardous material.

After publishing a commentary in Nature, one of the most prestigious science journals, Lewis was interviewed by a journalist from The Atlanta Journal Constitution, during which he said the EPA may be doing more damage than good to human health. He then questioned EPA field scientists around the country about their opinion of how the EPA sludge rule protected health.

The overwhelming response was that field scientists had unanimously warned EPA headquarters the 503 sludge rule was a bad decision. Lewis recalls at the time the EPA had partnered with the largest treatment plant trade organization, the Water Environment Federation. The collaborative effort poured money into promoting studies to support the 503 rule.

This industry-funded body of “evidence” is now known by EPA scientists as “Sludge Magic.” The same chemicals the EPA calls “priority pollutants” — which by definition trigger human health effects and are environmentally persistent — are concentrated in biosolids and spread through the environment when industrial wastewater is pumped into municipal sewage treatment plants and added to the biosolid mix.

Biosolids Application Has a Massive Impact on Crops and Waterways

The addition of massive amounts of biosolids containing nitrogen and phosphorus combined with other nitrogen-rich fertilizers have likely contributed to algae blooms along the coast of Florida.15 Unfortunately, many of the southern states experience greater use of biosolids as they accept excrement exported from other cities.

For instance, a train, nicknamed “the poop train,” filled with biosolids originating from New York City was stranded in a small town in Alabama for nearly two months.16 As New York has strict dumping laws, they ship their biosolids south. Many southern states have lax laws, which explains why Georgia, Alabama and neighboring states have accumulated waste in the past several years.

The train was originally bound for Big Sky landfill, 20 miles east of Parrish, Alabama. Although the landfill had taken sewage from New York since 2017, the nearby town of Jefferson sought an injunction on the grounds the biosolids caused the town to be infested with flies and smell like dead rotting animals.

After two months, the biosolids were removed from the train by the truckload and transported to a landfill.17 In a study from the University of York in the United Kingdom,18 data revealed plants suffer when biosolids are applied to the soil. Even with low-level exposure, the drugs studied interfered with plant hormones that support defense against predators and diseases.

The drugs also damaged the plant’s ability to make energy from the sunlight, and at higher concentrations the research team saw a drop in the leaves’ levels of chlorophyll. At higher concentrations, the plants also experienced stunted roots and burnt edges on the leaves.19

Though the team thought the discoloration was from a nutrient deficiency, they found instead the plants had absorbed higher levels of nutrients that were essentially poisoning the plants.

Protect Yourself and Your Family

If you grow vegetables in your garden and want to avoid toxins contained in biosolids, your best bet is to buy organic potting soil and/or compost from a local nursery you know and trust, that can guarantee no biosolids have been added.

Unfortunately, companies do not have to disclose when biosolids are used, so there’s really no way of knowing what’s in your bag of potting soil or compost. Composted products can have the USDA organic label on them, and still be loaded with toxic biosolids. If you see “milogranite” on the label, it contains biosolids from the City of Milwaukee — a national distributor.

Another alternative is to make your own using a composting bin or wood chips. For a full explanation of how to compost, see my previous article, “How to Properly Compost and Recycle.”

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Post-vaccine surge? Michigan’s spring coronavirus case spike close to previous year’s autumn high

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(Natural News) The spike in new Wuhan coronavirus infections recorded in Michigan over the spring is similar to a spike seen during the 2020 fall season. According to a Wall Street Journal analysis, the state’s daily coronavirus case count averaged more than 7,000 for almost two weeks – before taking a slight dip to 6,891 on April 20. This echoed similar figures back in November and December 2020, which saw sharp rises in infections for those two months before plunging.

Back in autumn of last year, Michigan averaged more than 7,000 cases per day for a span of 10 days. New infections dropped slightly, then briefly spiked as the December holidays approached. It then fell to the low 1,000s for the succeeding two months – until ascending again in March.

According to University of Michigan internal medicine professor Dr. Vikas Parekh, the sudden increase in new infections could be attributed to several factors. Among the factors he cited was re-openings, which increased people’s interactions and mobility. Parekh said the loosened restrictions contributed to the spread of the highly contagious U.K. B117 variant.

“As the B117 variant spreads nationally, we will likely see other stats [with] their own surges – although I hope none are as bad as Michigan,” the professor remarked. He continued: “The milestone just tells us we are not yet in the clear, especially as we still have large portions of our population who are not vaccinated yet.”

Parekh also expressed optimism over the lower daily caseloads the Great Lakes State reported. He said he believes both cases and hospitalizations have plateaued and will likely decline soon. The professor commented: “[COVID-19] positivity has been declining now for one week, which is usually a leading indicator of case decline.”

Meanwhile, the state cited younger populations and youth sports, such as basketball, wrestling and hockey, to increase new COVID-19 infections. Because of this, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called to suspend youth sports and indoor dining in the state. She also exhorted high schools to conduct remote class sessions for two weeks to curb the spread of the pathogen.

Michigan still experienced the spike in cases despite having one of the highest vaccination rates in the country

During the opening stages of the U.S.’s immunization drive against COVID-19, Michigan boasted of having one of the highest vaccination rates nationwide. A report by Bridge Michigan even noted the initial “frenzy for vaccines” that “far exceeded the state’s limited supply.” But things have appeared to turn around for Michigan, as it now struggles to reach the 70 percent vaccination rate needed for herd immunity.

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Scottish mom’s legs turn into a pair of “giant blisters” after first dose of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus vaccine

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(Natural News) Sarah Beuckmann of Glasgow, Scotland, felt a tingling sensation in her legs and noticed a rash flaring up around her ankles a week after getting her first dose of AstraZeneca’s coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine on March 18.

She also had flu-like symptoms right after the vaccination.

Beuckmann called her doctor to arrange an appointment the morning she noticed the rash, but by the afternoon her skin was already breaking out into blood-filled blisters. Blisters also appeared on her legs, hands, face, arms and bottom.

“I ended up asking my husband to take me to A&E,” said Beuckmann, referring to “accident and emergency,” the equivalent of an emergency room (ER). “When I got there, my heart rate was sitting at 160bpm, which they were very concerned about. I got put on an ECG machine.”

Doctors determine AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine triggers the rash

Medics carried out tests for HIV, herpes and other skin conditions to work out what triggered the rash, but all results came back negative. Doctors finally determined that the vaccine caused her rare reaction after carrying out two biopsies.

“Once they found that it was a reaction to the vaccine, they put me on steroids and that really seems to be helping my progress,” said Beuckmann. She had been advised by her doctor not to get the second dose of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine because of her reaction.

Beuckmann spent 16 days at Queen Elizabeth University Hospital. She was discharged to recover at home. The 34-year-old mother of one is currently wheelchair-bound due to the bandages on her legs and blisters on the soles of her feet. She may need physiotherapy to help strengthen her leg muscles.

“They are starting to heal and they’re looking a lot better than they were but as the blisters started to get worse, they all sort of merged together,” she said. “I didn’t know what was going on.”

With the blisters merging, her legs have looked like a pair of “giant blisters.” Beuckmann admitted that at one point she feared her legs might have to be amputated.

Dermatologist agrees COVID-19 vaccine causes the blisters

Dr. Emma Wedgeworth, a consultant dermatologist and spokeswoman at the British Skin Foundation, agreed that Beuckmann had likely suffered a reaction to the vaccine.

“Vaccines are designed to activate the immune system. Occasionally people will have quite dramatic activation of their immune systems which, as happened in this case, can manifest in their skin” Wedgeworth told MailOnline. “This poor lady had a very severe reaction, which thankfully is extremely rare.”

It is not clear why Beuckmann, who works in retail, was invited for a vaccine. Scotland’s vaccine rollout was focused on people over the age of 50 when she got vaccinated, although vaccines are available to those who are considered at risk from the virus, or live with someone considered vulnerable.

At least 20 million Briton have had AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine, which drug regulators say causes a rash in one percent of cases. They say rashes caused by the jab tend to go away within a week.

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Trojan labs? Chinese biotech company offers to build COVID testing labs in six states

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In 2012, BGI acquired Complete Genomics, a DNA sequencing company and equipment maker. The funds for the $117.6 million purchase were raised from Chinese venture capitals. The company has expanded its footprint globally. According to its website, BGI conducts business in more than 100 countries and areas and has 11 offices and labs in the U.S.

People are concerned about China’s access to American DNA data

Some said that with Complete Genomics providing an American base, BGI would have access to more DNA samples from Americans, helping it compile a huge database of genetic information. Some also worried about the protection of the genetic information’s privacy.

According to a 2019 report from the U.S.–China Economic and Security Review Commission (USCC), BGI “has formed numerous partnerships with U.S. healthcare providers and research organizations to provide large-scale genetic sequencing to support medical research efforts,”

There are three main reasons why many people in the biotech community and government have expressed concerns about China’s access to American DNA data.

In the “60 Minutes” interview, Evanina discussed the very likely scenario in which Chinese companies would be able to micro-target American individuals and offer customized preventative solutions based on their DNA.

Evanina asked: “Do we want to have another nation systematically eliminate our healthcare services? Are we okay with that as a nation?”

The second concern is that China may use DNA to track and attack American individuals. As the USCC report states: “China could target vulnerabilities in specific individuals brought to light by genomic data or health records. Individuals targeted in such attacks would likely be strategically identified persons, such as diplomats, politicians, high-ranking federal officials or military leadership.”

The third concern is that China may devise bioweapons to target non-Asians. Steven Mosher, president of the Population Research Institute, discussed it in his article “What Will China Do With Your DNA?” published by The Epoch Times in March 2019.

He wrote: “We know that the Asian genome is genetically distinct from the Caucasian and African in many ways. … Would it be possible to bioengineer a very virulent version of, say, smallpox, that was easily transmitted, fatal to other races, but to which the Chinese enjoyed a natural immunity? … Given our present ability to manipulate genomes, if such a bio-weapon can be imagined, it can probably – given enough time and resources – be realized.”

An article from Technocracy said: “China’s aggressive collection of American DNA should be doubly alarming because it can only spell one ultimate outcome: biowarfare. That is, genetically engineering viruses or other diseases that will be selectively harmful to U.S. populations.”

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