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Soils in Urban Agriculture: Testing, Remediation, and Best Management Practices


Soils are an important consideration for individuals, community groups, and local governments becoming involved in urban agriculture. In many situations, urban soil has been contaminated and degraded by past industrial, dumping, construction or other activity, and adjacent buildings where lead-based paint has been applied. Elevated levels of lead are fairly common in urban soils and pose health risks, especially to young children who can ingest soil while playing or helping in gardens.

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