Air pollution & Veggie patches

Question From: 
Jacqui Fitzgerald in  Tempe,  Sydney NSW


Nature of problem: 
Air pollution & Veggie patches


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Other Comments: 
My question: Is it bad for my family’s health to eat veggies that I have grown in my veggie patch, when I live under part of Sydney’s air strips? I heard pollution from aeroplanes is very bad, and I’m worried about ingesting these pollutants.

Everything grows well there…


Answer: Hi Jacqui,  Yours is a very smart question. Very often growing your own vegies at home will produce polluted food. On top of local atmospheric pollution, there are also dangerous chemicals in your soil, such as Dieldrin (a more toxic relative of DDT). Organically grown food from shops is probably safer for your family.   Don