14 May '18, 9pm

Is it really safe to eat food grown in urban gardens?

Is it really safe to eat food grown in urban gardens?

Between the industrial waste, rats, and lead dust floating around, I wasn't sure too sure if I should start an urban garden. The question took me to an unexpected place. I wanted to start a vegetable garden in my backyard. But my yard is in Brooklyn, a land of street garbage, truck exhaust, and stray cats. So I decided to figure it out: Was it really safe to grow food there? I had no idea that the rabbit hole I burrowed in urban gardens would lead to dead cows in Georgia, a global contamination meeting in Sweden, and the strange price we pay to make sure kids don’t catch on fire. I started by calling Murray McBride, a professor at Cornell University who researches contamination, to find out if city gardens are really safe. According to McBride, I should be worried about one main thing: “We found lead to be the biggest problem,” he told me. “There can be high concentrations...

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