Oftentimes, we hear that people are much more comfortable knowing that the food they eat grew in soils enriched by chemical fertilizers and manure-based fertilizers even if they could choose from a variety of organic food that came from lands fertilized by biosolids. There seems to be a disconnect between what people want—safe food—and how they go about looking for it—choosing food enriched by chemical fertilizers rather than by biosolids.
What most people fail to realize and notice is that biosolids are safe and sound alternative to chemical fertilizers and manure-based fertilizers. Since the treatment and transmission of biosolids are governed by the United States Environment Protection Agency or the US EPA, crops, plants, food, and many others that grew in soil enriched by biosolids are typically safer for human consumption because it can transmit little to no level of pathogens at all. Pathogens, as you very well know, are anything and everything that can cause harmful diseases and serious illnesses to people.
On the other hand, chemical fertilizers and manure-based fertilizers are untreated and unregulated. Although they are also classified according to their quality, commercial-grade fertilizers follow no clear regulations and guidelines about treating the presence of pathogens. The sad thing about this is that chemical fertilizers actually contain higher concentration of pathogens than biosolids because unlike biosolids, no agency has government over the production of chemical fertilizers and manure-based fertilizers.
And since there is no treatment required in the production of chemical fertilizers and manure-based fertilizers, the chances of pathogens being eliminated are very slim.
Biosolids are naturally rich in nutrients
Not only are biosolids the better option to boost the viability of your soil, but it also sources its nutrients naturally. Meaning, the treatment that sewage sludge has to go through to produce and turn into biosolids naturally give biosolids high concentrations of these three important nutrients for soils to grow plants—phosphorus, potassium, and nitrogen. Nowhere are the levels found in biosolids near that of chemical fertilizers and manure-based fertilizers, which all source these nutrients chemically.
This is why if you want to eat all-organic food, you need to find a farm that uses only biosolids for the growth of its crops and vegetations. Otherwise, you are simply consuming food that has been altered as well through the use of chemicals found in these commercial-grade fertilizers. Eating organic means you have to check the labels of the food that you eat to make sure there are no preservatives in it and that it grew from biosolids-enriched soil.