S Tonin wrote:I've been wondering this for a while--does anyone have a list (even a rough one) of what drugs/ drug metabolites might be bad for a compost pile (or soil in general)? Probably birth control pills have some effect on the higher organisms, but what about other common classes of drugs like statins or anti-inflammatories? I'm not currently on anything, but my dad takes blood pressure medication and I wonder if him using my fruit trees as a urinal will have any long-term consequences. (I've tried googling to no avail, and I don't know enough about medications or the complexities of soil biology to even start researching what concentrations or total accumulation would have to be present to affect anything.)
R. Steele wrote:Hate to say it, but if your on medication, urine for a surprise. On a more serious note, every compound is different, but it's safe to say: any medications a person is currently taking, will typically end up in their compost and or soil, if that fliud waist is added as fertalizer. Depending on the medication, this may have undesirable effects on soil biology, but more importantly, the potential for build up of those medications into the food crops, being grown with that compost or soil. Depending on how or what those compounds break down into, and how they interact with the plant, means it may have the potential to interact with some plants, as an accumulator.
from Thom Foote
Is it "okay" to urinate directly into a compost pile?