Yet another actual analysis of toxins in “local” food gardens shows bad stuff…

But since these are used by yuppies and hipsters, instead of them
getting shut down we get comments like this in the NY Post:
“No one has ever gotten sick that we know of,” noted Annie
Faulk, 66, who also tends the Sterling Garden patch…

Article starts off:

Why NYC’s toxic community gardens may give you cancer

Three times the acceptable level of lead and six times the federal safety threshold for arsenic were found lurking in a community garden in Brooklyn, according to disturbing new state data unearthed by The Post.

Experts warn that vegetables grown at the Sterling Community Group Garden in Crown Heights can be unhealthy — perhaps even deadly — yet the state Department of Health would not release its data until The Post filed a Freedom of Information Law request in March.

The numbers are startling. A lead sample of 1,251 parts per million — triple the federal guideline of 400 ppm — was detected in the Sterling Place patch, along with an arsenic sample of 93.23 ppm, well above the federal threshold of 16 ppm.

6 responses to “Yet another actual analysis of toxins in “local” food gardens shows bad stuff…

  1. but, but, BUT they are trying to SAVE THE PLANET, so whatever they do is wonderful, “sustainable”, and fighting AGW.

    What a way to die!

  2. What a quandary!
    Admit the threshold values are way to low or shut down one of the favorite Community Organizer projects.

  3. “Self destruction” by zealots is hard to distinguish from working to “Save the Planet.”

  4. Friend of John Galt

    Hey, you have to sacrifice if you want to be a Localvore!

  5. Gee, imagine that … lead found in the soil in the middle of a city where auto exhaust containing lead has been spewing for years.

    • Actually, as it turns out (and thanks to one of those really great and classic eye opening bits of research from Columbia University) the Conventional Wisdom that environmental lead was primarily from leaded gasoline was wrong. At least in NYC and presumably many other urban environments.
      (note we’re not talking about leaded paint chips, which, when exposed to where children eat them, are always a concern).
      The key source of lead was… sit down for this one… and it’ll be obvious once you think it through… incinerators.
      Back then (up through, very roughly, 1970) just about _everything_ in common use had lead in/on it. Most especially including ink in newspapers.
      And plenty of this wound up in apartment building or municipal incinerators.
      Columbia researchers took a look at a fascinating “natural experiment”, namely a lake in Central Park, took sediment samples, and measured lead levels as they went down in the muck. (I’ve asked them if they knew of any other place that had tried similar observations but never even got an answer).
      More info at:

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