1:5:10:365 EcoTip Blog

August 25, 2008

:238 Soil Pesticide Residues

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.
1:5:10:226 EcoTip: There are a number of chlorinated hydrocarbons such as DDT, and chlordane that have been outlawed, but still have residues present in soil which can find its way into buildings.
Before purchasing land previously used for agriculture – it makes sense to have it tested. Organic labeled produce only requires no pesticide use for a period of 3 to 5 years, but some of these chemical pesticides have a half-life of 50 to 100 years. This means they will still be detectable for generations. 
 Additional Information:
According to a May 2001 article by the National Association of Home Builders in Builder Magazine titled “Sins of the Farmer “:

50 to 70% of land developed for homes between 1992 and 1997 was former farm land. DDT, arsnic and other pesticides may have been used.

The New Jersey Deptartment of Environmental Protection found 5% of the New Jersey land mass is contaminated with pesticides from farm use.

You can arrange for telephone consultantion and on-site inspection and testing of soil and structures through my office at RestCon Environmental  – (888)-617-3266.
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