Absorption of arsenic by edible plants

Maria Luna and Mark Bornfeld bobsey at ix.netcom.com
Sat Mar 25 15:03:55 EST 2000

Many thanks to all who replied to my query (it seemed an innocent enough
question at the time...).. It appears many have a deeper emotional investment
in this issue than I!

--Mark Bornfeld

MK wrote:

> See this site for levels, leaching, ppm, etc. Read thru all three pages.
> "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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