In a muddled attack on the Center for Media and Democracy (CMD) and those who are concerned about produce grown in sewage sludge, “The Salt,” NPR’s James Beard award-winning food blog, parroted sewage sludge industry PR and misled readers with the article “Whole Foods Bans Produce Grown With Sludge. But Who Wins?” published on January 21. The article was written in response to CMD’s report on January 15 that the natural and organic foods retailer Whole Foods had agreed to develop a policy to ensure it would not sell produce grown in sewage sludge. It quotes this reporter as well as two sewage sludge promoters, but fails to quote toxicologists or epidemiologists or reference any current scientific studies about the effects of spreading sewage sludge.
NPR’s “The Salt” Blog Muddies the Issue of Sewage Sludge | PR Watch