Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Backyard Garden Pollution

Especially if you live in an urban area, be aware that there might be lead present in the soil around your house - which makes eating your home-grown veggies risky.

This kind of pollution is primarily widespread  

Backyard Garden Sunset
Originally uploaded by RevrendMaynard

  • around old homes - flakes of previously used lead paints
  • near busy roads - remnants of leaded gasoline
  • around suburban homes, built near apple orchards - lead arsenate used to be a regular pesticide
Your  best bet to avoid the pollutants and still enjoy all the benefits of home grown food crops is to build a raised bed, filled with
organic topsoil - or use planters.

In case you're determined to stick with your native earth, have it tested (look under "laboratories" in your phone book or pick up a home test kit which is less reliable but cheaper solution).

It's also good to know that
  • corn
  • squash
  • peas and
  • tomatoes
are known to have a reduced lead uptake.


Sources:
Mercola
The Boston Globe

3 comments:

Lisa said...

Great post. I live in Chicago, so its a crapshot whether the ground is contaminated or not

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Owen Cutajar said...

Interesting post. Pollution is a real problem and it's always good to know what toxins may be around you

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