There has been increased publicity recently over the potential to grow food on ‘under-used land’, such as urban green spaces and derelict land. This brochure has, therefore, been produced to explain the potential health risks of growing edible crops on such areas of land where the condition of the soil may not be known. The aim of the brochure is to draw gardeners’ attention to the possibility that the soil may contain elevated levels of contaminants that could pose a risk to human health, both through contact with the soil and through eating food grown in the soil, and to provide information on what can be done to reduce these risks.
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