This weekend our family started the morning having breakfast on the patio… we enjoyed each other’s company, ate mounds of fresh organic fruit and eggs, and read the newspaper. Seems enjoyable enough… yes?
Yes! Until I got to an article in the newspaper about urban vegetable gardens and the unknown threat of lead in the soil! Oh for pete’s sake, really? I had never actually thought about it.
It seems there is an increasing concern for what existed, or still exists, in and around our seemingly healthy organic gardens. And not just in urban settings, but anywhere. Do we really know? Are we all sure of what exists in our soil even if we aren’t adding pesticides and herbicides?
Surprisingly, the problem is not with the lead reaching the produce either. In fact, according to experts, very little makes its way into the plant and virtually none reaches the produce. The problem is when we are working and moving the soil, and we cause the lead to go airborne. It is then that we inhale and essentially ingest the toxin.
Cheery, isn’t it?!?! No, not at all, but if you do have some concern over your soil, whether it be for a garden or just because you’re curious about what dwells in your yard, there is a rather inexpensive way to find out…
The University of Massachusetts offers a kit to test the soil for only $9! If you want to find out, make the small investment and order the kit here.
I’m fairly confident about the soil around our house, but around our daughter’s school where we have our veggie garden, I have no idea. It may be worth it to find out.
Recalled toys made with lead paints have sadly become common place, however, recalling our entire yard?… that would be another problem entirely!