LEAD Action News
LEAD Action News vol 10 no 1, June 2010 ISSN 1324-6011
Incorporating Lead Aware Times ( ISSN 1440-4966) and Lead Advisory Service News (ISSN 1440-0561)
The Journal of The LEAD (Lead Education and Abatement Design) Group Inc.
Guest Editor: Monica Maharjan, Master of Science Management and Master of Applied Sciences (Biotechnology).
Editor-in-Chief: Anne Roberts

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Editorial: Pectin as a panacea against lead; lead contamination in our food and water

Do you know that the food we take and water we drink could be contaminated with lead and you could be unknowingly suffering from lead poisoning?


It looks like lead is an omnipresent agent, could be present anywhere. The current concern is its presence in our food and drinking water. Subothini looked at consequences of the lead to human body and its management; she suggests that pectin, a common gelling agent, and its modified form could be useful in lead elimination from the environment and our body.

Giblin looks at the various mode of lead contamination in our food that is more common in third world countries with lower food standards. However, lead contamination of food is seen all around the world despite having strong food standards as a result of the food import and export system one downside of “free trade.”  The contamination begins at the developmental stage of plants grown in soil with high levels of lead. This not only contaminates food crops but also the bodies of grazing animals.

That leads to our next topic, fertilizers (Biosolids) as a lead contaminant in soil, especially concerning higher lead contamination in China, the country selling cheaper food around the world.

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