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QUESTION: Fishy Fertilizers - Is Mercury a Concern?

comments (2) April 20th, 2010

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After reading about fish-based fertilizers in Volume 3 of Grow magazine, I began to wonder if mercury contamination was a concern.

I know that when eating fish, mercury can be an issue. Is this also a concern when using fish-based fertilizers on you soil?

Is the mercury removed from these fertilizers? If mercury does end up in the soil, do the plants absorb it or is it just ignored and left in the soil?

Thanks in advance for any information.

Frank


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beauley writes: Very good point. Research shows that the mercury content of fish today is no greater than it was 100 years ago.

http://www.associatedcontent.com/article/2869160/recycle_your_yard_cleanup_into_compost.html?cat=32
Posted: 3:45 pm on June 7th
Meyesa writes: This tells you the mercury levels in different brands. I think the amount of mercury in the product depends on the type of fish used, and I think the amount of mercury absorbed depends on the type of plant you're growing.

http://agr.wa.gov/Pestfert/Fertilizers/FertDB/Product1.aspx

Meyesa
Posted: 10:19 am on May 25th
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