Microbes play a key role in unleashing ‘forever chemicals’ from recycled-waste fertilizer

‘Forever chemicals’ are everywhere — water, soil, crops, animals, the blood of 97% of Americans — researchers are trying to figure out how they got there. Their recent findings suggest that the microbes that help break down biodegradable materials and other waste are likely complicit in the release of the notorious per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) into the environment.

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