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BAY AREA CONSUMER WARNING alifornia proposition 65 (P65) requires

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the listing of chemicals known to

Are You Eating cause cancer or reproductive toxicity.


Chemicals known to the SFPUC that are in
San Francisco sewage sludge that are also
Food Fertilized with found on the California P65 list include:
Toxic Sewage Sludge MERCURY · MOLYBDENUM · COBALT · ANTIMONY
CHROMIUM · DIBENZOFURANS · NAPHTHALENE
Tell the Mayor and City Officials to 1,2-DIBROMO-3-CHLOROPROPANE (DBCP)
Stop Spreading Sewage Sludge DI (2-ETHYLHEXYL) PHTHALATE (DEHP)
Under the Guise of Organic Fertilizer
TCDD EQUIVALENTS (DIOXINS) SUCH AS
Toxic sludge is good for you? OCTACHLORODIBENZO-P-DIOXINS (OCDD)
San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and the San Francisco
Public Utilities Commission, along with municipal govern-
ments across the US, want farmers, school, and backyard STOP SLUDGE!
gardeners to grow their veggies using toxic sludge, spread-
ing the outrageous lie that municipal wastewater sewage
SIGN OUR PETITION!
plants can somehow magically transform hazardous mate- Please visit our Sludge Campaign
rials into “organic fertilizer.” webpage and follow the link to
sign the petition to Mayor Newson:
Toxic sludge is poison.
Scientific evidence has confirmed organicconsumers.org/sludge.cfm
that municipal sewage sludge
Organizations that have signed onto the letter asking Mayor
contains hundreds of danger-
Newsom to stop spreading toxic sludge on the city include:
ous pathogens, toxic heavy met-
als, flame-retardants, endocrine Organic Consumers GAIA (Global Alliance for
disruptors, carcinogens, pharmaceutical drugs and other
Association · OCA Incinerator Alternatives)
hazardous chemicals coming from residential drains, storm Consumers Union Green Cafe Network
water runoff, hospitals, and industrial plants. Arc Ecology Help for Sewage Victims
Sewage sludge contains everything the sewage treatment California Communities Lessing/Sears
Against Toxics Community Garden
plant was able to remove from the sewage—plus every
new chemical and pathogen formed in the mad synergy of
California Food & Local Harvest
Justice Coalition
this chemical soup, including virulent, antibiotic-resistant MOMAS (Mothers of Marin
Center for Against the Spray)
bacteria created through horizontal gene transfer. Environmental Health
North Berkeley Harvest
San Francisco public officials have helped the toxic sludge Center for Food Safety
industry score a major victory in the Bay Area, where they’ve
People’s Grocery
Center for Health,
been able to convince hundreds of regional (non-organic) Environment & Justice Planting Justice
farmers to spread the hazardous material on farm land and Earth Share California Safe Food and Fertilizer
pasture, and have actually been able to get city residents to East Bay Green Tours San Francisco Green Party
take hundreds of thousands of pounds of toxic sludge and Teamsters Union
Ecology Center
spread it over their backyard and community gardens. United Sludge-Free Alliance
Food First (Institute for Food
San Francisco is a strategic battleground to stop the sludge and Development Policy)
industry from poisoning more farms and communities.
In 1998 the organic community rose up and banned the use For more information
of sewage sludge in organic farming. Now it’s time to ban or to get further involved:
it’s use on farms, gardens, lawns, and land in general. Organic Consumers Association
Sewage sludge is a form of hazardous waste organicconsumers.org/sludge.cfm
office@organicconsumers.org
and needs to be contained and isolated as such.
415-251-7940
Turn this leaflet over for grassroots action guidelines.