AUSTIN'S DISTURBING DILLO DIRT: ANOTHER WAY TO SELL TOXIC WASTE
Ordinarily, this blog stays 100% on-message in its mission to expose and explain the 65-year-old military/corporate scheme to dispose of a dangerous industrial waste product via public drinking water systems. At a recent Environmental Board meeting, however, Fluoride Free Austin's Linda Green, a passionate advocate of organic gardening, took the opportunity to speak her piece on the City of Austin's coyly-named recycled sewage sludge product.
Dillo Dirt, like all so-called biosolids, comprises an amalgam of "sterilized" human waste plus whatever else travels in the sewage stream. In Austin, it's also composted with yard clippings, a nice touch. But while the treatment and the heat of curing that it's exposed to may (hopefully) kill the pathogens, they do nothing to remove a host of other toxins. . Dissolved chemicals: heavy metals, organic compounds, pesticide residues, pharmaceuticals, settle out to join the solid wastes in the composting tank.
Fluoride is one ingredient in this toxic brew. Since only 1% of the fluoride injected into our water supply is actually consumed drinking, 99% of it finds its way out in the efflluent. Along with it come the lead, arsenic radioactive particles and other toxic metals associated with the potash fertilizer industry from which the fluoride is derived. Drugs, personal care products, household cleaning supplies - anything and everything that has ever been rinsed or flushed, eventually make their way into the stream.
The City then packages the product and sells it as compost by the thousands of tons to clients who are often only vaguely aware of its actual composition. In its Dillo Dirt FAQ sheet, the City of Austin declares the concoction is perfectly safe for use for vegetable gardening, though its own package labeling warns against the practice. Austinites who aspire to grow a healthy organic garden using Dillo Dirt will be twice sabatoged: by the fluoridated water which cannot be escaped and by the toxin-laden "compost" the city promotes as harmless and beneficial.
Stay away from Dillo Dirt. You don't want it on your veggies, your lawn, or anything else.
NOTICE that the Spanish language warning is stronger than the English: "...TNRCC recommends that it not be used for cultivating for human consumption (on vegetable gardens). The use of this product should be limited to areas such as lawns, flower gardens, and other ornamental gardening projects."