Land application of sewage biosolids for crop production as designed by the Ontario Government

For full text and tables see:  http://www.esemag.ca/0901/land.html

I wonder where the reports are or if they even exist to show that complete tests have been conducted on the hundreds of thousands of metric tonnes of sewage sludge spread on Canadian and American farm land each and every year.

Why don’t I feel better when I read this data??? Apples, grapes etc can have sewage sludge spread as recently as 3 months before harvest. OMG.

Did you know that the feed fed to the cows and other hay/ silage fed animals are the very happy recipients of biosolids?? And the pasture land the animals graze on may have toxic biosolids applied 2 months before grazing?

Did you know that the sod from the commercial sod farm which was laid on your lawn which your children and pets have been rolling around on are also treated to biosolid application??? But it isn’t suggested for home lawns and gardens.



The movement to ban the spreading of cities’ sludge on agricultural lands scored a major victory last week when Superior Court Judge Steve J. Reimnitz ruled the rural municipality of Elgin, 95 kilometres southwest of Montreal, had the right to pass a bylaw banning the transportation, storage and spreading of sludge within its territory.

“Now many other municipalities will pass the same kind of bylaw,” Elgin Mayor Jean-Pierre Proulx said. “I know a lot of them were just waiting for this judgment.”

In his ruling, Reimnitz noted that experts are not in agreement on whether sludge spreading is safe.

This post is a work in progress and as I unearth more statistics I will add them to this post.

The maximum depth of a fluid sewage biosolid that can be surface applied at any one time is 1.3 cm. This depth is equivalent to an application rate of 130 m3/ha. from an article by M Payne of Omafra (Ont Govt) Environmental Science & Engineering – www.esemag.com – September 2001

If a single application of fluid biosolids is to be limited to 1.3cm you can see why such vast areas of land are being contaminated. It sure begs the question How precise are these contractors in their application????

Ontario- Ottawa

BIOSOLIDS UTILIZATION PROGRAM STATUS UPDATE From 1997 to 2000, over 53,548 wet tons of biosolids have been successfully land applied to farms in and around the Region of Ottawa-Carleton on over 2,117 hectares of land.

Ontario- Toronto using farms in

These include all agricultural land within an area bounded by Hamilton, Brant, Waterloo, Perth and Bruce on the west, Grey,Simcoe, and Muskoka on the north and Peterborough, Hastings and Prince EdwardCounties on the east. Using the three inventory methods, the following results
were obtained for this area:
♦ Based on Method 1, this land area has the capacity to accept
approximately 17,000 tonnes of dry biosolids per year (17,000 t ds/y);
♦ Based on Method 2, this land area has the capacity to accept
approximately 26,000 t ds/y; and,
♦ Based on Method 3, this land area has the capacity to accept
approximately 133,000 t ds/y.
These figures can be compared to the Toronto biosolids generation rate of 63,000
t ds/y, of which 50,000 t ds/y is currently intended for beneficial reuse such as
agricultural land application as biosolids cake or thermally dried pellets. When application is limited by soil nutrient requirements (Method 1),
phosphorus is the limiting nutrient, and there are 22 Counties or Regions,out of 48 in total for the province, that have no additional capacity for
biosolids once manure application is taken into account.

from Biosolids and Residuals Master Plan City of Toronto 2523 040415 R


Whatever you call it, the province’s municipalities produce a lot of it: 914,726 tonnes of sludge was scraped out of 700 water treatment plants in Quebec in 2007, the most recent year for which these statistics are available.

About 42 per cent of the sludge was incinerated and 31 per cent was sent to dumps. But the remaining 27 per cent was “recycled” as fertilizer, mostly on farmland.

That’s 246,976 tonnes, can you picture an area

1000 metres long by 1000 metres wide by 1000 metres deep?

its hard to visualize that much shit & chemical toxins I know.

– if you get in your car and drive 1 kilometer turn at right angles drive another kilometer, turn again at a right angle drive another kilometer back to your starting point and look up in the sky 1 kilometer that’s almost how much toxic sludge was applied to Quebec farms in 2007.

The Wrong Kind of ‘Organic’ Farming: Biosolids
In rural areas, properties adjacent to farmland fertilized with biosolids have suffered dramatic reductions in property value and lowered saleability. PJ Wade cautions rural real estate buyers to be alert to sewage sludge applications or they may lose their home like one family recently has.

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There is a life-force within your soul, seek that life.

There is a gem in the mountain of your body, seek that

mine.                                                                                                        A Day at Presquile

O traveler, if you are in search of That

Don’t look outside, look inside yourself and seek That.

by Rumi

Having Cancer is the one time in your life when you need to concentrate on yourself first before all the other people in your life. If you don’t make your well-being a priority you won’t have the stamina to do the things in life that might have seemed effortless before.

Someone close to me has joined the Cancer Club, what an unexpected blow. I had hoped this members only Club would stay quite exclusive; the fewer members the better. Remembering the initial days and months of my initiation into the C Club led me to think of the research I did and the steps I took to arm myself for battle with this most formidable of foes.

One of the first things I looked at was my diet. Through the reading I did, I decided to take a holistic approach to my diet and  decided I wouldn’t go on a “diet” but to make a lifestyle change. I have always been concious of the importance of eating healthy and have studied nutrition for years. There is a significant difference in my mind to eating according to a formula such as the “Food Pyramid” and eating for optimum immune system support. When trying to eat more naturally & to support a body that has had or is going to have surgery, chemo, radiation, hormone therapy – whatever the challenge the fuel being put into the body needs to be mindfully chosen to enhance your health not harm it.

There are a few things I would suggest as the first steps in making your food choices healthier and once adopted as your new program for health should become a permanent part of your eating habits. If you search you will find much of the same information I am suggesting and if you visit a naturopath will probably have similar advice. The benefit of visiting a naturopath is that they will know you from their questionaire and the diagnostics they may use to tailor a plan specifically for you. I don’t want to in any way discourage you from visiting a naturopath or a dietician.

First steps Elimination of the least beneficial things in your diet and lifestyle choices.

  • The Number ONE food change to make would be eliminate everything white from your diet. No more white sugar, no more white bread, no more white flour, no more white pasta, no more white potatoes, and no more white rice.
  • No more cold cuts of any sort. Ham, salami, all of it is loaded with nitrates, fat and salt and is of no benefit to your body that is fighting cancer.
  • No more soda pop, no more sugared drinks, & even more important than sugared drinks is diet drinks which are absolutely forbidden.
  • Cut down on fat and salt. Try to stop eating chips, popcorn, etc.
  • Reduce the amount of red meat in your diet.  (tricky that I know, when I was undergoing treatment and for a long time after I had low iron) giving up red meat wasn’t recommended for me. You can cut down on red meat to a couple of times a week just keep it lean and not fried.
  • Get rid of – (throw it right out) any and all instant packaged convenience foods that besides being loaded with salt is also loaded with chemicals and preservatives that does your poor body a great deal of harm.

If you are able to achieve some of these things Fantastic, don’t stress yourself out over it. Just tell yourself you will feel better (and you will) if you can support your immune system and make it easier for your body to concentrate on the most important task at hand.  I will talk more about what should be INCLUDED in your Cancer Fighting Arsenal next post. If you are interested in visiting a site with fantastic food advice, nutrition recipes and much more visit the Real Age web site which includes a section by the Drs. Roizen and Oz.


I know from experience that in the coming days and months for some people undergoing cancer treatment, food becomes  part of the battle. Trying to eat when you don’t want to, but you need to. Trying not to lose too much weight, trying not to gain too much weight. There are some soothing foods, comforting foods, foods that seem to make you feel good as soon as you start eating them. I will get to them in the next post and will include some recipes from time to time. Meanwhile you will find that most of the recipes I have featured on this blog are truly delicious and healthy.  Stay strong.

Learn wisdom from the ways of a seedling. A seedling which is never hardened off through stressful situations will never become a strong productive plant. Stephen Sigmund

there is always light at the end of the tunnel

there is always light at the end of the tunnel

Looking for an alternative to a large roast turkey for Thanksgiving or Sunday Dinner, this recipe is perfect for those occasions when you want turkey and just want enough for delicious sandwiches leftover. It is so delicious and very suitable for serving company.


I created this recipe after seeing turkey cold cuts in the store covered in spices & thought I can do better & without nitrates


1   large fresh turkey breast (1.5kg/3lb)

Rub with:

1 tblsp sunflower oil

2 tsp Curry Powder

1 tsp ground Coriander

1 tsp Paprika (smoked if desired)

Fresh ground pepper

½ cup sweet onion salad dressing

2 or more sundried tomatoes (I use organic sulphite-free)


Blend together Onion salad dressing & sundried tomatoes. Baste Turkey breast with mixture. Maintain hot BBQ with burner directly under Turkey breast turned off. On my BBQ it took 2 hours to cook with 2 burners on high & 2 turned off.

Variation: If using boneless turkey breast make extra sundried tomato mix spread on flattened breast roll up & tie with butcher twine. Using either version check with meat thermometer to avoid over-cooking.

Bon Apetit!Autumn vibrance