Sludge- DON*T USE IT!
K N and P J Harris
ecoli at cix.compulink.co.uk
Thu Feb 29 14:12:24 EST 1996
Sludge - sea dump it.
Sorry to disagree but however toxic the sludge is, it makes more sense
to dump it at sea than to land spread it. It is a simple matter of
arithmetic - work out how much water the planet has in its oceans and
then work out how much fertile soil there is by volume. There is
something like a million times more water. Because of the cuddly animal
syndrome (baby seals and all that) and the fact that people have a vague
notion of "clean water" they are readily persuaded that polluting the
soil (there is no concept of "clean soil") is a better option.
The best option, but costly, is not to have the toxic sludge in the
first place. The technology would drive up the price of goods and the
necessary legislation would put some dirty producers out of business but
in the end the consumer would save the money they pour into cuddly
animal charities and the cuddly animals could be left to look after
themselves.No more need for photo-opportunities with BB !
Department of Soil Science,
University of Reading, UK.
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