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Biological soil amendments and food safety

publication date: Sep 1, 2013
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The firblanchardst rule of food safety is to keep the poop off the food. And the first place this matters is right in the field, startingwith the addition of manure-based fertilizers to the soil. Most foodborne pathogens—E. coli 0157:H7, Salmonella and Listeria monocytogenes—are bacteria, and spread through fecal material, whether from animals or humans. But manure and composts are an important tool for building soil and fertilizing crops in a sustainable and sensible manner, and they can be applied in ways that minimize the risks to human health.


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