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Old 25-07-2005, 09:14 PM
Mike Lyle
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Peter Stockdale wrote:
"vsop" wrote in message
My new neighbour has relocated a row of Raspberries to up against
the wall of her garage so they can be watered by rain dripping off
from the roof......(No gutters on the roof)

However, the roof is asbestos and when I pointed out that there
might be a danger from asbestos being taken up by the plants,

thro the roots, leaves or fruit, she was quite certain that it was
not possible for asbestos to be absorbed in this way and there was
no danger to her family eating the fruit in future years.

She may be right, I don't know, perhaps I'm being over concerned

am totally wrong, but I certainly wouldn't take the risk and I'm
very worried that she's placing her family in danger from

cancer causing toxins.

Whets the general opinion on this ?

She is right - worry not !

Absolutely. The only way a plant can take anything up is when it's
dissolved in water, and asbestos is insoluble. That's partly why it
persists in animals' lungs.

I suppose there could be a slight risk if particles get washed onto
the fruit by the rain: nobody would dare say there's no risk at all;
but it certainly couldn't get there through the roots.

(Helped my father build an asbestos-clad shed back in the fifties!