Absorption of arsenic by edible plants

David J. Bockman djb_mapson at bunabayashi.com.invalid
Tue Mar 21 09:15:52 EST 2000

Very little leaching occurs with modern pressure treated lumber. See
http://www.awpi.org/oaq-a.html#CCA for more info.

David J. Bockman, Fairfax, VA (USDA Hardiness Zone 7)
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Maria Luna and Mark Bornfeld <bobsey at ix.netcom.com> wrote in message
news:38D78185.34AB85DA at ix.netcom.com...
> My neighbor just erected a barricade fence made of pressure-treated
> wood, right next to my vegetable patch.  I know how toxic this wood is:
> just ask the people at Home Depot to cut it to size for you, and they'll
> tell you they can't do it due to health regulations. I also read
> somewhere that over time, the arsenic compound used to treat
> pressure-treated lumber can leach into the surrounding soil.
> My question is: What risk, if any,  is posed by eating vegetables/fruits
> planted near pressure-treated wood structures? I have planted tomatoes,
> strawberries, and arugula in the past, and had planned to plant a few
> raspberry bushes. Should I revise my plans?
> ---Mark Bornfeld

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