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Re: dioxin in beef ...and other animals
William Verick wrote:
> Can anyone provide an answer or a source of information for the following question:
> What measures can be taken by ranchers/farmers to reduce the amount of
> dioxin accumulating in beef tissue?
In my last email I responded to some of the measures that can be taken
to reduce dioxin and other dangerous toxic chemicals in beef.
Unfortunately, I left another important matter out.
There are a growing number of entrepreneurs that are reducing their
corporate costs by <recycling> --dumping their hazardous wastes as
fertilizer and spreading it over the land.
It is my understanding that there was a news story on CNN's Moneyline on
or about June 25-27 (a three-part story) about a site near Denver,
Colorado where wheat fields are being treated with a fertilizer made
from residues from a Superfund site and dewatered sludge from a
wastewater treatment plant.
Another thing ranchers and farmers can do to reduce the toxics in beef
and other crops, is use just plain composted manure --nothing else--as
fertilizer. When they purchase other fertilizers, they are spreading
hazardous wastes (even if the government has changed that name to
biosolids and called it organic fertilizer) over their land. While
chlorinated dioxins and other persistent organic pollutants accumulate
in fat, toxic metals including lead, cadmium, mercury accumulate in
animal (and human) tissue. Those who receive the most toxics are our
children from the food we eat.
Ranchers and farmers need to join with the environmental community --not