Cadmium levels being regulated in EU but not in AUS… home of Carcinoma and Melanoma | Cadmium-rich Rock Phosphates

Bryan Stralow, Editor-in-Chief

Australian politics is sometimes a slow-reacting contraption; a physical extention placed in position by large corporates who control the fickle and easily bought ‘political class‘. 20 years since the last cadmium assessment seems somewhat delayed. Especially considering the purity of the phosphates here in Australia and the level of acceptable maximums in our agriculture set by our food standards.

While the masses over the past 50 years have been consuming cadmium-rich food products which have contributed to the deaths of so many in the past, the greedy, profiteering polluters known as the phosphorus rock mining companies have been knowingly poisoning their families, friends and general public, little children, unborn kids, farmers and themselves in the process. Regardless of health, it seems that lining ones pocket is the only objective with the sole focus of choosing RP’s (Rock Phosphates) or SRP’s (Super Rock Phosphates) over bat guano, chicken and cow manure, ‘blood and bone’, and several other natural phosphate-rich fertilisers.

Every product in our food chain has been affected by this ‘impurity’. We know it as a heavy metal and a proven carcinogen which is also radioactive. And since our article posted over a year ago, we have had several countries look to reduce the amount of cadmium with the EU placing restrictions on the amount of cadmium within its “superphosphate” fertilisers.

A few months ago, one of my friends from school died of a brain tumour. He was 39. Carcinogenic, and radioactive, ‘impurities’ in our diets and food chain have only assisted in the genetic mutation of our cellular matter. My sister, at 33, was diagnosed with type 3 breast cancer. Both of my parents have had significant skin cancers burned from their bodies. This is an all too familiar story in Australia with many being affected.

Australia has one of the highest rates of cancer in the world. Mostly comprised of skin cancer cases, other types of cancer are also amongst the highest in the world. My synopsis, elevated levels of cadmium in the rock phosphates used in our farming practices is what is adding to the cellular mutation.

As we have already established that the last cadmium assessment was over 20 years ago (see article here), it is time the CSIRO and the other Australian Government departments stop the protectionism and start to do their job in developing the science around replacing the use of high-cadmium fertilisers with other, less harmful sources of phosphorus. Apparently we have maximum allowable limits that are now nearly 10 times that of the EU revised cadmium standards. Understandingly, Australia does have very impure RP’s although there is no need to maintain the unrefined nature of these strong fertilisers, nor is there any excuse for not informing the farmers and their clients of the dangers surrounding the use of their cadmium-laden product.

Cadmium is in our fruit and vegetables with root-bound legumes such as potatoes, carrots, garlic, peanuts etc, being the most affected. Even still, the organic markets are also affected by this problem which helps to render some mass-produced “certified organic” products as tainted.


The leeching affect into the soil is evident (New Zealand Waikato studies) showing residual cadmium levels that do not subside in an short amount of time. Thereby, these affected soils will need to be removed as a type of ‘toxic waste’ and should not be utilised for growing produce or sustaining livestock.


Not only affecting coastal waters, inland lakes and waterways are also affected.

Green tides are caused by high phosphate runoff from crops and pastural lands. Otherwise known as eutrophication, or rather hypertrophication in these cases, this is also what is helping to kill off many of the world’s reef structures as seen in the Great Barrier Reef, Queensland.


Image courtesy of the Observer


Time for some bat guano and granite dust… and, perhaps, for some genuine Australian innovation. There needs to also be further soil research similar to what occurred in Waikato, NZ. This will provide data and a benchmark to base our improvement on. Time to start now as it will only get worse without being checked.