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Saturday, May 27, 2006

Mmmmmm...Antimicrobial Agents In Farmers' Fields

This article is about how all of these "germ-aside" soaps aren't being processed in sewage treatment and are winding up in sludge used as agricultural fertilizer. "If a consumer goes to the supermarket and buys a bar of soap, three-quarters of the active ingredient could end up in agriculture because the sludge is being recycled...Scientists haven't yet discerned whether the chemical degrades or accumulates in soils or what its effects are on natural soil microbes." I can't imagine all that triclocarban is beneficial to maintaining a vibrant subterranean ecosystem. Kiss My Face indeed!

posted by CASFS 2006 @ 6:36 PM

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