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Toxic chemicals [PFAS], Growing food in treated human waste [Its free], Industry vs Government


The story revolves around Jason Grostic, a farmer whose family had owned their farm for over a century. The farm underwent a transformation from dairy cows to beef cattle, with plans to sell meat directly to the public. However, their dreams were shattered when it was discovered that PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances) contamination was affecting their farm due to the dumping of these chemicals by a nearby company called Tri-Bar. PFAS are toxic compounds that persist in the environment and have been linked to various health issues.

The contamination was traced back to the use of biosolids, treated sewage from homes and businesses, as fertilizer on Grostic's farm. A comprehensive state study revealed that Tri-Bar was a significant source of PFAS pollution in the area. The company, which was acquired by an equity firm, HCI Equity Partners, reportedly prioritized financial gains over environmental and safety concerns, resulting in unsafe practices and corners being cut.

The contamination not only led to the shutdown of Grostic's farm and the seizure of his meat, but it also raised concerns about the broader impact of PFAS pollution on health and the environment. The Grostic family faced immense challenges, including financial loss, the sale of parts of their farm, and a bleak future for their once-thriving business. The story sheds light on the complex interplay between corporate responsibility, government regulations, and the devastating consequences of environmental contamination on individuals and their livelihoods.


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