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#GreenTech: Toxic Waste in Fertilizers? - In case you needed another reason to avoid conventional fertilizers, you c...

#GreenTech: Toxic Waste in Fertilizers? - In case you needed another reason to avoid conventional fertilizers, you c...

In case you needed another reason to avoid conventional fertilizers, you can add that they may contain toxic waste to the list. EPA regulations allow fertilizer manufacturers to use fly ash which contains heavy metals in their products. “Fly ash” is a byproduct of coal-fired power plants contains contaminants like arsenic, lead, and radium . When we feed it to plants, those toxins can wash into waterways when it rains, and chances are the plants are taking up at least some of those chemicals. While the levels of these contaminants may not be significant on a per-plant basis, chemicals like lead build up in the body over time . So, why would anyone use fly ash on crops? According to Environmental Health News , “Adding moderate amounts increases crop yields and stabilizes soils while reducing the need to throw huge quantities in landfills or holding ponds.” Coal companies sa...

Full article: http://www.care2.com/greenliving/fly-ash-in-fertilizers.html

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