At 09:32 AM 1/31/00 -0500, you wrote:
>Question 1: As improbable as it seems, I happen to know the mother of a
>Hollywood film director. This director owns 20-30 horses, and the mother,
>who is a serious advocate of open space, farmland preservation, recycling,
>and organic farming, is distressed to learn that her daughter pays someone
>to remove and "dispose" of her horse manure. She called me to see if I knew
>of any organizations in California her daughter could contact in order to
>arrange for appropriate use of the horse manure, preferably in organic
>agriculture. Any ideas?
I would suggest that she contact CCOF (CA. Certified Organic Farmers) at
888-423-2263. I think anyone who picks up the horse manure is going to
charge. I imagine someone who is a movie director and has 20-30 horses has
the bucks to pay for that.
>Question 2: I am on a committee of NOFA Connecticut, working to set
>standards for organic landscaping and educate landscaping professionals
>about what organic organizations in the Northeast would consider "organic."
>NOFA in Connecticut, Massachusetts, and elsewhere is very clear about
>prohibiting the use of sewage sludge in organic agriculture. But, some of
>the landscapers involved in this committee think there may be some
>reasonable way to use sewage sludge in landscaping, and they are concerned
>that the sewage sludge has to go somewhere, ultimately. I would be
>interested in people to contact and reliable information to read in order to
>get all sides of this issue. I have read the famous book about public
>relations "Toxic Sludge is Good for You!" which has made me very wary of the
>abundant misinformation and P.R. spin.
Using sewage sludge is risky no matter where it is used. The problem with
it is you never know what it may contain and I am talking about organisms
and chemicals(both inorganic and organic) You do not know what it will do
over a long period and what may happen to the soil, water or air quality.
Finally a concern I would have is that areas that are landscaped may end up
in food production at some point. I know that EPA wants to find a place
for this stuff but I think the real answer for this is to make those
industries that produce this contamination recycle the toxics themselves so
it does not end up in the public trough. If I had a farm or a small garden
at this point I would not let sewage sludge be spread on it as the risks
out weigh the benefits in my opinion by quite a bit.
>CT Agricultural Experiment Station
>P.O. Box 1106
>123 Huntington Street
>New Haven, CT 06504
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