On Thursday, April 24th from 1:00pm – 2:00pm ET, PROTECT Investigator Monica Ramirez-Andreotta (Core F) will be participating in a Collaborative on Health and the Environment (CHE) research call, titled: “Healthy Urban Gardens: Your Soil and You.” This is part of the CHE’s series featuring the Superfund Research Program, which is organized by the Boston University SRP.
Urban agriculture continues to thrive, with a million or more households participating in community gardens in cities around the world. Millions more people are growing vegetables and fruits in their own urban backyards. Community gardens provide people with opportunities to grow nutritious and affordable fresh foods, enhance community building and increase productive use of abandoned land. The soil in these gardens is frequently contaminated with toxic substances such as arsenic (As), lead (Pb) and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs) from decades of anthropogenic activities. In an effort to leverage the benefits of consuming and growing local food, urban gardeners need to understand and minimize risks posed by exposure to contaminated soils. Join experts on this call to learn the best practices for locally-grown food initiatives, including measuring soil health, how to replace contaminated soils, how to compost safely, which plants take up what toxicants, and alternative growing methods. Communication of findings and use of the findings for decision-making purposes by gardeners, gardening organizations, health departments and regulatory authorities will also be addressed.