i was recently reading in the local newspaper about the discovery of heavy metals in the soil of our community gardens. well, i'm sure that this is no new reality - yes, this city has relied heavily on industry and yes, there are still quite a few nasty factory plants around. however, i know that this is by no means a unique situation. i have dabbled in reading about bioremediation and phytoremediation, but am not very science-minded. yes, the chemistry, etc makes enough sense to me, but i want to learn more about people's experience of using plants to rehabilitate soil.
i've heard about a lot of phytoremediation projects over the past couple of years. i'm aware that there has been a lot of research done on the subject, particularly in relation to genetically modified plants - i know, we all hate monsanto but some good things do come out of pandora's box on the occasion. however, i also remember hearing something about phytoremediation projects to rehabilitate the soil in new orleans after katrina hit.
DOES ANYBODY OUT THERE KNOW ANYTHING MORE ON THE TOPIC??? OR DO YOU KNOW OF WHERE TO SEEK OUT OTHER INFORMATION??
the presence of heavy metals, etc isn't a common topic for discussion but as people connecting to the land, trying to make the earth a better place, we need to be thinking about this and talking about it. of course, i'm approaching it from a purely selfish point of view because i want to help rehab the soils in the community gardens in my area... but still, folks, let's start talking about what we can't see - just because heavy metals are out of sight does not mean that it should be out of mind!