Re: Donald Donahue’s “An Under-funded war,” ModernHealthcare.com 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.