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Heavy metals in vegetable crops: risks and remedies

An account of some of the circumstances in which heavy metals may exceed permitted limits in field and garden soils with recommendations for vegetable growers.

Year of Publication2009

Heavy metals may accumulate in soils as a result of mining, metal smelting, the burning of fossil fuels and the spreading of sewage sludge. Such metals may be taken up by vegetables and at certain levels may affect the health of those who eat them. Gardeners and growers should be aware of the risks and seek advice on the precautions described here.

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vegetable productiongardening
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Supporting the development of the national rural economy.

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