BALTIMORE, Md. — Urban farming can help families in inner cities enjoy more fresh fruits and vegetables. Community gardens also help people get exercise and bring neighbors together. But there’s one big problem. Soils in many cities have high levels of lead. That toxic heavy metal harms the brain and nervous system, leading to health problems, especially in children. But scientists have just announced some success in building safer soils.
Yes, building them.
Sara Perl Egendorf is a soils scientist with Brooklyn College of the City University of New York and the New York City (NYC) Urban Soils Institute. She and her team worked with the Mayor’s office and city parks department to fix some local soils.....
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