Today is the first day of National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week. Last year I found perhaps one or two mentions of it here in New York City. I do not remember one New York urban gardening or food related organization that bothered to mention it and stress the need for toxic metals soil testing before growing food in the ground.
Coincidently, it was just a couple of weeks ago that the NY Times published a troubling article about lead found in the eggs of NY City raised chickens. I wonder where the lead came from. Let me think.
Maybe this year will be different and the urban gardening and local foodie activists will act in a conscionable way. Oh well. Let’s not worry too much; lead poisoning only affects small children (irreversibly) and mostly poor people.
Why waste our hard earned money on public service announcements and the need for toxic metals soil testing before growing food in city soil. So what if our prized organic backyard food has lead or arsenic in it.