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EHN: Plants Take Up Drugs, Antibacterials From Biosolids Used As Fertilizers
September 1, 2010, 12:58 pm
Filed under: News

Aug 30, 2010

Wu, C, AL Sponberg, JD Witter, M Fang and KP Czajkowski. 2010. Uptake of pharmaceuticals and personal care products by soybean plants from soils applied with biosolids and irrigated with contaminated water. Environmental Science and Technology
 Synopsis by Heather Stapleton and Wendy Hessler

New research shows that the drugs and contaminants that often contaminant sewage sludge that is used as fertilizer can be taken up by the plants grown in fertilized fields and gardens. Also called ‘biosolids’ these fertilizers are regularly applied to agricultural fields and are sometimes packaged as organic soil fertilizers sold in home improvement stores. The results raise significant public health concerns about use of biosolids on croplands and in gardens used to grow produce for consumption.

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