Thanks to a post on the Root Simple blog (formerly known as Homegrown Evolution), I learned that this is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.
I have been diligently researching this subject over the past year. My finding demonstrates what I view as malfeasance on the part of NYC horticultural institutions and the USDA Extension program in failing to adequately alert the public to the widespread urban gardening problem of toxic metals soil contamination, lead in particular.
There is one clear message. For the safety of you and your children, do not grow edible plants in urban soil without first having the soil tested for toxic metals contamination.
Stay tuned. There is much more to come in a series of posts on the subject that will continue through the coming week. This is clearly a topic that deserves your Tweets and Facebook postings.
It's been one hell of a week. First we find out, via a soil test, that our backyard may have high levels of lead and zinc. We'll write a lot more about this once I confirm the results--I've sent in another sample to a different lab. And my doctor has agreed to give me a blood test. Whatever the results, I want to help get out the word about this serious issue--ironically, next week is National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week.