The case of vegetable contamination processes in urban gardens.” Urban food production’s ecological and social benefits are attenuated by many challenges, among which is heavy metal contamination. Contrary to prevailing narratives, contamination processes are not always understood. Therein may also lurk long-term ramifications not only for urban farming prospects, but also for urban politics more broadly. These can range from implied political decisions in establishing maximum allowable heavy metal limits in soils and crops to struggles over land access and the highly uneven distribution of the means of crop production, all the way to the degree of access to and intelligibility of technical information.

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