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.
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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. 
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 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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July 7, 2008

:189 Wash Your Vegies

Filed under: :189 Wash your Vegies — Tags: , , , , , , , , — John Banta @ 12:57 am

Welcome to today’s 1:5:10:365 Tip for becoming a better steward for our home and planet environment.

1:5:10:189 EcoTip: Washing your fruits and vegetables is a great way to reduce the risk of getting sick from contaminated produce. If you can’t wash them then peel or cook them.

The purpose of this blog is to provide tips for improving our living space. I never intended to get into a discussion of food, but I’m getting tired of the many recent media broadcasts that are dealing with fecal contamination of field grown produce where they don’t discuss simple methods of rendering contaminated foods safe.

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 Additional Information:

Of course there is an expectation that prepared foods will be safe. Reports of restaurants or other food service establishments serving contaminated foods is unacceptable. They should be taking the same steps for cleanliness as everyone else. But we must realize the foods that come from the farm will never be 100% safe. Sooner or later some bird is going to fly over a field somewhere and crap on my tomato. I want farmers to take as many precautions as possible, but there will always be accidental exposures to our food that will occur. We owe it to our families to be that last line of defense, So wash, peel or cook your fresh foods.

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