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Re: Re: Cadmium and recycles tires

  • Subject: Re: [cg] Re: Cadmium and recycles tires
  • From: Adam36055@aol.com
  • Date: Wed, 5 Jan 2005 23:32:30 EST


Community gardeners all like to use found items to assemble their gardens, 
and the idea of recycling anything is great. 

But using old tires is bad news because of  the crap they leach out into the 
soil, and your food. 

Now recycling tires to make really durable sandal or shoe soles is a great 

Adam Honigman

> Subj: [cg] Re: Cadmium and recycles tires 
>  Date: 1/5/05 11:14:01 PM Mid-Atlantic Standard Time
>  From: igg@igg.com
>  To: community_garden@mallorn.com
>  Sent from the Internet 
> I started this thread (or re-started it!).  Back in the mid-90's I 
> was working with an initiative within the Luthern church which was 
> headed by a charismatic individual who could do great things with 
> used tires, also. He was having us cut one of the walls out of a tire 
> and then put it in place (like at the doorstep of a low income 
> trailer) and fill it with growing mix. IT was a way of making a 
> tomato garden for low income housing situations. This program got off 
> to quite a start and then was killed when it was 'discovered' that 
> tires put off toxins that food plants picked up. I do not have any 
> details, I just remember this program coming and going.
> An addendum to this is that we did a demonstration in Chambersburg, 
> PA at a conference there. There was an extension agent from Philly 
> there. She worked extensively with community gardents. She was 
> advocating using mushroom bedding as compost in community gardens. I 
> told her that most compost bedding is saturated with fungicides and 
> other chemicals. She said 'Whatever, baby, it sure grows food well!'
> I have to admit, I have never been able to understand what value 
> system where "lots" offset "poison" that this woman was coming from!
> -Allan Balliett
> Shepherdstown, WV

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