Tell Hollywood: It’s Not Green to “Greenwash” Sewage Sludge in Gardens
  • Petitioned Debbie Levin, President of the Environmental Media Association

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Tell Hollywood: It’s Not Green to “Greenwash” Sewage Sludge in Gardens

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Some of Hollywood's "green" celebrities—Rosario Dawson  and a bevy of starlets—thought they were promoting organic school gardens for inner-city kids.  But the Environmental Media Association (EMA) teamed them up with a secretive corporation whose main business is selling Los Angeles sewage sludge products!

That company calls its Kellogg brand "quality organics" and deceptively labels bags sold at the garden store as "garden soil" made from "compost"—with no mention that they are made from industrial and human waste.  Sewage sludge is hazardous material containing dioxins, PCBs, medical waste, industrial solvents, flame retardants, heavy metals, endocrine disruptors and other contaminants.  That's why federal law bars the use of sewage sludge-based products in organic gardens.  

So, when news broke that Kellogg Garden Products provided sewage sludge products to EMA's organic school gardens—and its spokesperson even posed with those products at the gardens—you'd think EMA and its stars would cut all ties to the sludge industry.  

But you'd be wrong.  Instead of denouncing the contamination of the kids' gardens and the corporation's effort to "greenwash" its brand through associating with stars devoted to organic produce, EMA is sticking with its corporate donor.  So far.   

Tell Hollywood it's not green to partner with a company that put sewage sludge on school gardens and that sells this stuff without labeling it to say "This product is derived from sewage sludge." Send your letter to EMA now!



Recent signatures


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    Reasons for signing

    • the cat CALGARY, CANADA
      • over 3 years ago

      Sometimes Hollywood, the world isn't magical and no amount of "movie magic" thinking will make it so. Perhaps in the movie world, you can do what ever you want and things will always have a happy ending, not so in reality I'm afraid.

    • J G MN
      • over 3 years ago

      Dioxin or dioxane is also found unregulated by FDA in cosmetic items such as deodorants, shampoos, toothpastes and mouthwashes. Dioxane is a carcinogen.

    • nancy peterson TUCSON, AZ
      • over 3 years ago

      It's insane to use sewage sludge on food crops. Would you eat sewage? I wouldn't and use only proven and trusted organic inputs in my gardens. To do otherwise is ignorant and dangerous. Sewage sludge is toxic waste!

    • Jinny Lee MELROSE, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      Deceitful morons!

    • Janet Burdick SAN JOSE, CA
      • over 3 years ago

      I read Fateful Harvest by Duff Wilson about toxic fertilizer years ago, and here it is again. I consider this to be criminal, to be making money off poisoning people and using children to promote hazardous waste in gardens.


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