Archive for June, 2009

Urban gardeners take heed: your organic veggies may contain Lead

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Summertime’s a coming, and so many folks in my neighborhood are busily putting in plant starts, harvesting beautiful flowers, and laying down mulch and fertilizer to bolster the bounty to come. But what nutrients are those delightful bumper crops of spinach and kale pulling up into their leaves besides nitrogen and potassium? You might be shocked to learn how much lead – that blue-gray metal that causes all kinds of neurological and other health problems – exists in urban soil, thanks to an era of lead-based paints, gasoline, and pesticides that dropped out of sight – and into the ground – to become the problem of a future generation: ours.

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