For Every Thing You Wanted to Know About Absorption of arsenic by edible plants

Chuck " at ccaulk" at
Wed Mar 29 13:47:50 EST 2000

For Everything we wanted to know about plant absorption of arsenic but
didn't know who to ask : Ask Alf Christophersen and Bill Morgan. Maybe
they should get together and write a book. 

P.S  Alf & Bill : Sent me part of the royalties if you do write a book .

Maria Luna and Mark Bornfeld wrote:
> 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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