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Arsenic and berries???

19 years ago

I recently corresponded with someone who has the same mole and gopher problems that I do. They told me they seeded the planting beds with arsenic pellets before they planted their acres of berries on their PYO operation. I was horrified, my first thought was about the possibility of ground water contamination, and my second was the possibility that their fruit is taking up the poison as well. They told me there were no problems with doing this.

I use no pesticides in any of my gardens, and only limited amounts of chemical fertilizers, so am I just overreacting? This really bothers me as I keep thinking the folks who buy their berries may be at risk, as well as the growers themselves.

I'd appreciate others' thoughts on this.


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