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The recycling of hazardous industrial wastes into fertilizers introduces several dozen toxic metals and chemicals into the nation's farm, lawn and garden soils, including such well-known toxic substances as lead and mercury. Many crops and plants extract these toxic metals from the soil, increasing the chance of impacts on human health as crops and plants enter the food supply chain. With little monitoring of the toxics contained in fertilizers and fertilizer labels that do not list toxic substances, our food supply and our health are at risk.

No one has seriously added up the amount of toxic acid, ash, slag, dust, and other industry waste being spread in the guise as fertilizer on the land that grows our food. No one has told the farmers, the gardeners, and consumers what they're risking in order for some polluting industries to save money by recyling hazardous waste as fertilizer rather than taking to a hazardous waste facility.

Tri-Bullet Deep Trouble: The Gulf in Peril Series of reports on the Gulf of Mexico a polluted body of water that's in deep trouble. A big threat is runoff from land developed to house the nearly 5 million people who settled along the Gulf the past 20 years. Agriculture sends polluted waters down several major rivers to the Gulf.

Tri-Bullet Alzheimer's in America: The Aluminum-Phosphate Fertilizer Connection Americans are losing their minds to Alzheimer's disease. It's an epidemic. And it's not typical of what's going on in the rest of the world.

Tri-Bullet Nitrogen Fears Drifts Into The Unknown Nitrogen released into the environment from fertilizer, power plants and other human sources has increased so rapidly during the past 15 years that it may be threatening human health in unexpected ways, according to a study by 14 scientists in a variety of environmental and health-related fields.

Tri-Bullet Plan may not shrink Gulf's dead zone enough A federal-state plan to reduce the summertime dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico by more than two-thirds by cutting the amount of nitrogen entering the Mississippi River will not achieve its goal, according to a new study co-authored by the chief scientist for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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