Interested in learning about the metal content of vegetables grown in soils with elevated metals, such as arsenic and lead?
Monica Ramirez-Andreotta, PhD candidate from the University of Arizona, will discuss “Gardenroots: The Dewey-Humboldt, Arizona Garden Project” designed to determine the uptake of arsenic in commonly grown vegetables in Arizona and the possible health risks to the local populations.
She will speak from 9:15 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., Friday, May 25 at the Payson Public Library.
Learn about the concentrations of arsenic found in the soils, irrigation water, edible tissues of crops from the greenhouse and residential gardens.
The garden project comprised a greenhouse study and a citizen science program conducted with a community neighboring a national Superfund (contaminated) site. Vegetable intake rates were calculated to determine how much could be safely consumed at these measured concentrations. For more information, check out the Web site: http://garden-roots.org.
Please contact the University of Arizona Cooperative Extension at (928) 402-8589 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org .edu with any questions.