No one is talking about this. It isn’t in mainstream news. It’s bad. It wouldn’t be bad if people didn’t have to, you know, eat.
‘Forever Chemicals’ May Have Polluted 20 Million Acres Of US Cropland, Study Says, The Guardian, 8 May 2022
About 20m acres of cropland in the United States may be contaminated from PFAS-tainted sewage sludge that has been used as fertilizer, a new report estimates.
20 million may be on the low end:
“We don’t know the full scope of the contamination problem created by PFAS in sludge, and we may never know, because EPA has not made it a priority for states and local governments to track, test and report on,” said Scott Faber, EWG’s legislative policy director. … Faber called the estimate “conservative”.
“The EPA could today require treatment plants to test sludge for PFAS and warn farmers that they may be contaminating fields, but it has refused to do so,” Faber said.
Why are PFAS bad?
Known as “forever chemicals” because they don’t naturally break down, [PFAS] have been linked to cancer, thyroid disruption, liver problems, birth defects, immunosuppression and more.
People say just eat organic. Are organic fields immune? Songbird Farm which sold organic produce and grain had to shut down when “high levels” of PFAS were discovered in “their soil, drinking water, irrigation water, crops, chickens” and their own blood. They used PFAS-contaminated biosolids (sewage sludge) on their organic crops.