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Re: Heavy Metals in Garden Soil

  • Subject: Re: [cg] Heavy Metals in Garden Soil
  • From: "Deborah Mills" deborah@greencure.org
  • Date: Tue, 10 May 2005 16:57:31 -0700

I totally agree with Karen Jones and Adam's words.

Deborah
----- Original Message -----
From: <adam36055@aol.com>
To: <community_garden@mallorn.com>
Sent: Tuesday, May 10, 2005 3:51 PM
Subject: Re: [cg] Heavy Metals in Garden Soil


> Again, friends, lead is bad news, and unless you have really careful
gardeners who really, really REALLY watch their kids, you have a dangerous
situation to deal with. I mean how can you tell a kid not to take a
sunflower home to Mommy,  even though it's filled with and has to be
disposed as toxic waste because of the lead it has soaked up?  Do you have
to paint a "Death's Head," on its face?
>
> I love this list, and the ingenuitiy of many of the gardeners, but when it
comes to kids and a really nasty environmental poison, caution and the most
prudent practices have to be followed.  Karen Jones is really right about
lead - please listen to her.
>
>
> Everbest,
> Adam Honigman
> Volunteer
> Clinton Community Garden
>
>
>
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Karen Jones <k.jones@uwinnipeg.ca>
> To: community_garden@mallorn.com
> Sent: Tue, 10 May 2005 12:42:29 -0500
> Subject: [cg] Heavy Metals in Garden Soil
>
>
> We got our urban garden tested for heavy metals last year and found lead
> 119 ppm, the standards we used werethose of  the government of Quebec,
> which has the strictest standards in Canada.They consider land to be
> toxic at 130 ppm.  Lead will accumulate in leaves (not petioles) and
> roots. If you peel carrots they are safe to eat because the lead
> accumulates near the epidermis. Rhubarb is safe to eat. Lettuces,
> Spinach, Cabage etc. is not safe to eat. All fruits are safe to eat,
> because plants somehow do not let heavy metals into the seeds. Canola
> and Sunflowers are good for remediation, but they then must be treated
> as toxic waste. Compost should not be used in gardens with hight amounts
> of lead,  compost increases the pH and lead is absorbed more by plants
> under conditions of low  pH. Children under two should not be permitted
> into these gardens at all, apparently 25% of young children eat soil
> (pica) and children  accumulate heavy metals at faster rates than
> adults. You may accumulate lead all your life and then when some
> tramautic physical event occurs the lead will leach out of your bones
> and you begin to lose your way in life. Please remember that no levels
> of lead are safe. You have to have a really educated group of gardeners
> to be able to garden safely where heavy metals are concerned. Raised
> beds, are they sustainable? I don't think so. The David Suzuki
> Foundation helped us to interpret the results.   Karen
>
>
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