Today, one of the growing problem that every country has to face is the soil contamination as this would also affect the quality of produce that the land will provide for our consumption. The soil is made of different things that would make a healthy soil and some of these basic organic materials are granite and limestone while you also have to add animal droppings, leaves, location of the land whether it is located high above the mountain or in a valley and the most important is the climate.
What are the effect if you grow a plant on a contaminated soil?
First of all, you have to know what is the type of soil where you plant it, what are the toxins that is present in the soil, how severe the contamination is as well as how much toxin will the plant absorb. Sandy soil are less likely to hold any chemicals as compared to soil that contains organic matter such as peat moss often hold on to all sorts of contaminants and this has an effect on the metabolic state of the microorganisms in the soil.
Soil contamination also has an effect on people who touch it, but it depends on what type of contaminant. Whether a small animals or humans dig a hole in it, the soil will then dry up and the contaminated particles will be inhaled by both humans and animals while other dust particles will be absorbed by the skin. So, what causes the soil contamination?
These oil spills, pipe line leaks, toxic spills have been used by factories, gas stations, mining, and airports and for such they are one of the reasons why there are soil contaminations. The use of toxic pesticides and the over use of fertilizers are also known contributor of soil contamination and this is not only being used in advanced countries like the US but this has been used all over the world today.
If ever natural disaster strikes such as tsunamis, earthquakes and hurricanes, any facilities that stores toxins will be damaged and thus the chemicals will then leak and can cause soil contamination. In south New Orleans, there is a large area where the soil is contaminated after a hurricane hit the state and it destroyed a lot of holding facilities and over a million gallons of toxic that is being absorbed by the soil after the hurricane.
Health problems and concern and its effects on humans.
If you must know, China has very little regard when it comes to soil contamination as they only have a very few legislation for it. Over 10th of the land in China is contaminated and they are also using polluted water for irrigation which have a huge impact on the soil contamination as well as on people’s health and this causes liver, kidney and even leukemia