Study: Popular Gardening Products May Contain Toxic Chemicals
In a recent study, researchers at the Ecology Center in Ann Arbor, MI, tested nearly 200 gardening necessities – gloves, knee pads, hand tools, and hoses – for heavy metals and chemicals known to pose a health risk, reports Connie Thompson, KCBY TV. The results show almost two out of three products tested contained chemical levels of high concern.
“The chemicals that were found include lead, cadmium, phthalates and BPA,” said Erika Schreder, Washington Toxics Coalition (WTC). The WTC joined with the Ecology Center in releasing the results .
“The greatest concern would be for pregnant women and children,” Schreder explained. “But you know, these are chemicals that disrupt hormonal levels. They have a number of different effects, and certainly any adult should be concerned about exposure to phthalates.”
Click here to read more about the study’s results.