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Urban gardeners ~ have you tested your soil? Might be unwanted chemicals ~

DETROIT -- With remnants of once-legal lead paint, leaded gasoline and other pollutants from the nation's industrial past tainting land in U.S. cities, soil researchers warn that the growing number of urban farmers and community gardeners need to test their dirt and take steps to make sure it's safe.

They point to cities like Indianapolis, where nine out of 10 urban gardens tested by one researcher had problems with lead in the soil. Or the Boston area, where a recent study suggests that even clean, trucked-in soil can end up contaminated, perhaps by windblown dust or dirt splatted by rain, in a few short years.

Agriculture and other experts say such problems don't outweigh the benefits of urban gardening, but those growing food should make sure their soil has been tested and take appropriate steps to address pollution so their fruits and vegetables are safe.


Asked by tasches at 12:47 PM on Mar. 24, 2011 in Home & Garden

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  • That's not just a concern for urban gardeners. Any soil anywhere could have unwanted elements in it.

    Answer by CraftingMama at 12:48 PM on Mar. 24, 2011

  • We take soil samples from our garden every year, so we know what's going on with it, what we need to add for various things. One of the lovely benefits of DH being in the ag industry, he knows all about it ;).

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:04 PM on Mar. 24, 2011

  • Soil samples should get done no matter where you are not just for polution but for acid content

    Answer by alotleft2do at 1:56 PM on Mar. 24, 2011

  • nope

    Answer by ChanQ at 10:52 PM on Mar. 24, 2011