Pre­vent­ing war

Modern Healthcare - - Opinions Letters -

Re: Don­ald Don­ahue’s “An Un­der-funded war,” Mod­ern­Health­ Guest Com­men­tary, July 18: (He) rightly points out that we do not pre­pare for a threat we do not see. The re­cent food poi­son­ing out­break in Ger­many was caused by the E. coli strain 0104:H4, not found in the guts and ma­nure of farm an­i­mals, but only in the in­testines and fe­ces of hu­mans.

The con­tam­i­nated seeds re­spon­si­ble for the out­break ap­par­ently came from Egypt. Egypt and the U.S. still per­mit hu­man waste— sewage sludge/biosolids—to be used as fer­til­izer to grow crops, fruits and veg­eta­bles.

Might this be a good time to phase out the risky prac­tice of fer­til­iz­ing our farm­land with hu­man waste and waste wa­ter? Surely pre­vent­ing a war in the first place is bet­ter and less ex­pen­sive than fight­ing a war.

Caro­line Sny­der Cit­i­zens for Sludge-Free Land

North Sand­wich, N.H.

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