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SF Gardeners to Dump Toxic Sludge on the Steps of City Hall

Date:
Thursday, March 04, 2010
Time:
12:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Event Type:
Protest
Organizer/Author:
John Mayer
Location Details:
The Mayor’s office at 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place on March 4th at 12pm.

Community gardeners who were misled into accepting toxic sewage sludge from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) are giving the sludge back to the Mayor's office.
Twice a year since 2007, the SFPUC has hosted “Compost Giveaway Events” in locations throughout the city. Although the city has marketed the material as “organic compost” or “organic fertilizer,” it turns out that it is really toxic sludge generated by San Francisco and seven other counties’ industrial, hospital, commercial and residential sewage.
In fact, the USDA explicitly prohibits food grown in sewage sludge, or in any “product” derived from sewage sludge, to be labeled organic. Sewage sludge is a noxious stew derived from all the industrial, hospital, commercial, residential and radioactive wastes and stormwater runoff that end up in municipal sewer systems.
Spearheaded by the Organic Consumers Association and joined by representatives of dozens of local environmental groups, citizens will dump the sludge on the steps of City Hall and hand deliver a letter calling for Mayor Newsom to1) end the give-aways and 2) clean up the school yards and backyard gardens that have been contaminated with sewage sludge.
Added to the calendar on Thu, Feb 25, 2010 1:31PM
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