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Why is the soil so contaminated, and where do the contaminants come from?

Air and water pollution rightfully get a lot of attention. The danger is serious, and everyone can easily grasp the ramifications of toxins in something that all of us use directly every day. However, the issue of soil contamination carries equal weight, even if its effects aren’t as immediately obvious. Even if you never step foot on a farm or in a garden, it’s a significant problem that could affect you in more ways than you might think. Here’s what you need to know about soil contamination.  Soil pollution might not be easy to observe, but that doesn’t mean it’s harmless. Most soil contamination is caused by manmade chemicals making their way into the earth. The biggest risks of soil contamination occur near former industrial sites and in urban areas. Some of the contaminants you might find in urban soil include lead, radon, asbestos, pesticides, creosote, and petroleum products.  Read more...

 

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