How can Soil Contaminants Impact My Health?

Low levels of contaminants in soils do not usually present an immediate risk to human health. But some contaminants can build up in a person’s body over time and may lead to illness. In most cases, the benefits of gardening and growing your own food far outweigh the risks from soil contaminants.

The easiest way to lower your risk is by reducing your exposure to soil contaminants

Some contaminants can affect the way a child’s brain and body grows. And so, it is especially important for children and pregnant women to limit their exposure.


Garden soil contaminant fact sheets

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ToxTown Diseases and ConditionsNational Institutes of Health (NIH)