CHEMICAL ANALYSIS

LITERATURE

Acta Horticulturae Workgroup. Heavy Metal Contamination in Deciduous Tree Fruit Orchards: Implications for Mineral Nutrient Management. ISHS Acta Horticulturae 564: IV International Symposium on Mineral Nutrition of Deciduous Fruit Crops (2001). Available only on CD-ROM or at http://www.actahort.org/books/564/.

Blume, K. Ruby, Are City Fruit Trees Safe? Oakbook 15 April 2009. Accessed 19 April 2009 at http://www.theoakbook.com/MoreDetail.aspx?Aid=3007&CatId=15.

Hood, Ernie. The Apple Bites Back: Claiming Old Orchards for Residential Development. Environmental Health Perspective 114, Issue 8 (August 2006), pp. A470–A476.

Huang Biao; Shi Xuezheng; Yu Dongsheng; Öborn, Ingrid; Blombäck, Karin ; Pagella, Timothy F.; Wang Hongjie; Sun Weixia; Sinclair, Fergus L. (2005). Environmental assessment of small-scale vegetable farming systems in peri-urban areas of the Yangtze River Delta Region, China. Agriculture, Ecosystems & Environment 112, Issue 4 (March 2006), pp. 391-402.

IS CITY FRUIT POLLUTED?

Experts and researchers, including Jonathan Leake, of the Department of Animal & Plant Sciences at the University of Sheffield, argue that fruit grown in cities is less contaminated with pollutants than fruit that is grown on an industrial scale as it is not chemically treated with fertilizers or pesticides and does not undergo the post-harvesting treatments that occur during the maturation and storage phases.

In addition, the pollutants that accumulate on the surface of the fruit can easily be rinsed and do not penetrate to the fruit’s flesh. Additionally unlike with vegetables the quality of the fruit is hardly impacted when soil is contaminated with heavy metals. This is because fruit is never in contact with the ground and is therefore unlikely to be contaminated with harmful substances in the earth.

Indeed, fruit grown in urban centres travels a very short distance and therefore does not require intensive long-haul transportation and does not go through the processing and packaging processed involved in industrial production.

Urban fruit is not dangerous and can be consumed without any health-risks and can help to reduce the air and water pollution created during the production and transportation of conventional fresh produce.

 

OUR CHEMICAL ANALYSIS

The Camera di Commercio Industria Artigianato Agricoltura di Roma - Area V Certificazione di Prodotto – Laboratorio Chimico Merceologico realized for us the chemical analysis for oranges and plums we picked up in june. The results are very good!!! During autumn and winter we will realize other fruits analysis.

ORANGES (picked up in Via del Porto Fluviale with a lot of car traffic): see PDF PLUMS (picked up in Via del Vaticano, with almost no car traffic): see PDF