lead in soil
I may take a plot in a community garden this spring, which I would use to grow vegetables. I'm in a urban environment, so pollution is a concern. The most recent testing of the soil in this garden shows a level of lead of 80 parts per million. I'm interested in know what people in this forum think - would the veggies grown be safe to eat? Would you serve such vegetables to your family?
I have done some research regarding lead levels...supposedly it occurs naturally in the soil up to about 40 parts per million, and the "dangerous" (it's unclear what that actually means)level is 200 parts per million. I've also read that root vegetables and leafy greens absorb the most lead, and that the main danger from lead contaminated soil is actually the soil itself, and not food grown in it. What do you think?