[permaculture] city pollution -one little idea

Graham Burnett grahamburnett at blueyonder.co.uk
Tue Mar 30 19:08:59 EST 2004


Same questions apply to rural growing as far as I can see... i think it's a
misnomer to assume that urban growing is intrinisically more prone to
contamination and pollution than growing in that giant factory pharm known
as 'the countryside'. Urban Permaculture projects such as naturewise
http://www.naturewise.org.uk/ even argue that growing in cities is probabaly
MORE healthy for us. Tara Garnett also did a report on growing food in
cities which looks at some of these issues, see
http://www2.essex.ac.uk/ces/ConfsVisitsEvsGrps/LocalFoodSystems/localfoodtg.htm

Cheers Graham

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kelly Lockamy" <garden_muse at bellsouth.net>
To: "permaculture" <permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Tuesday, March 30, 2004 11:03 PM
Subject: Re: [permaculture] city pollution -one little idea


> thanks for the suggestion, however, soil testing is only one small facet
of
> an environment under constant onslaught.  soil testing is the first step
to
> even see if the area is worth developing, but my real concern is how far
> away from traffic is it safe to plant, what about air borne overspraying
> from neighbors, what about water runnoff from neighboring areas, what
about
> rainwater and it's contents?  can a garden with healthy produce be created
> in an urban environment?
> any reference materials you all know about would be helpful.
> thanks again,
> kelly
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Elliott M" <melliott at stuartholme.qld.edu.au>
> To: <permaculture at lists.ibiblio.org>
> Sent: Tuesday, March 30, 2004 4:24 PM
> Subject: [permaculture] city pollution -one little idea
>
>
> I think you'd have to get some soil tests done. Plant heavy metal
> accumulators (beetroot ??)and then get them tested to see what they've
> accumulated.
>
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