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White House garden digs up controversy


July 3, 2009
By The Associated Press

July 3, 2009 – The White House says its high-profile garden on the South Lawn has
tested positive for lead although it is not at dangerous levels.

The White House says its high-profile garden on the South Lawn has
tested positive for lead although it is not at dangerous levels.

White
House spokeswoman Katie McCormick-Lelyveld said Thursday that tests on
the soil in the White House garden detected lead levels of 93 parts per
million. Soil is considered unsafe for growing vegetables when it
reaches more than 500 parts per million.

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First lady Michelle
Obama planted the garden on the South Lawn this spring with local
schoolchildren. Produce from it is used in the White House kitchens and
donated to area groups.

McCormick-Lelyveld says the White House will continue to grow vegetables in its garden, which food activists sought and praised.


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