Would you eat food grown in soil that had been fertilized with human feces? There’s a good chance that you already have, and you probably didn’t even know it.
Under the EPA’s controversial 503 rule, human waste has been approved for so-called land application, provided it has undergone treatment that supposedly transforms sewage sludge into what the agency calls “biosolids.” According to the document, land application of biosolids is defined as “the spreading, spraying, injection, or incorporation of sewage sludge” into the surface of the land.
Essentially, human waste is being used as a fertilizer across the country and to “supply nutrients to crops and vegetation.”
And as the EPA itself states, “Sewage sludge is commonly applied to agricultural land (including pasture and range land), forests, reclamation sites, public contact sites (e.g., parks, turf farms, highway median strips, golf courses), lawns, and home gardens.”
Under the 503 rule, human waste has been used not only on land where crops are grown, but in parks where children play. And the EPA not only allows it, but considers the entire practice to be a part of the Clean Water Act. Apparently, even the most disturbing of practices can be justified if you claim its for the greater good.