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Author: interested
Thursday, July 24, 2003 - 2:13 pm
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I just finished reading the online version of the book... and I'm quite impressed!

Definitely informative.

Wonder if drugs remain biologically active in the finished compost or are somehow broken down or rendered inactive?

Obviously this is becoming more and more of an issue as traces of drugs [chemo compounds, antidepressants, etc.] are increasingly being detected in our drinking water.

If there was specific mention of this in the book I must have missed it.

Thoughts?

Author: admin
Thursday, July 24, 2003 - 6:46 pm
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I know of no specific research on this issue, although it is likely that the drugs are broken down in compost considering that a wide range of toxic chemicals are remediated this way.

Joe Jenkins

Author: Bev Jones
Monday, October 17, 2005 - 11:17 am
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Would antibiotics in the stool and urine of a humanure contributor harm the bacterial balance in the pile? Should we do something else with these until the antibiotics are over? (What else can you do with it??? Recipes, anyone??)

Author: admin
Tuesday, October 18, 2005 - 11:10 am
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I recently took a strong antibiotic (Cipro, I think) for an infected cut on my hand, and there was no difference in the compost activity.

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