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New Research Finds High Levels of Heavy Metals in Vegetables Grown in Sargassum-Enriched Soil

Janeka Simon | June 15, 2022

New research into sargassum used as fertilizer has found that vegetables grown in soil that was enriched with sargassum had elevated levels of potentially toxic heavy metals. The findings have prompted scientists to warn farmers that they should stop using sargassum to enhance animal feeds or as a fertilizer for food crops until more studies ca be done. A joint project between WWF-Mexico and STINAPA Bonaire resulted in an experiment in which one planter box was filled with a 50-50 mix of potting soil and dried sargassum, while the other contained potting soil only. Researchers wanted to test whether the sargassum-enriched soil would result in faster seed development, and whether the vegetables subsequently produced would have detectable levels of heavy metals post-harvest. What they found was that while there were generally no significant…

Sejah Farm Says Dept. of Agriculture Failing Farmers:…

Ernice Gilbert | June 10, 2022

Dale Browne, co-founder of Sejah Farm — the well-known 15-acre operation located in Estate Castle Burke…

USVI Agriculture Plan Seeks to Boost Local Product…

Linda Straker | May 10, 2022

Boosting local agriculture products from 3 percent to 35 percent is one of the goals for the agriculture…

USVI Agricultural Plan, Required by Act 8404, to be…

Staff Consortium | May 08, 2022

The Agricultural Plan Task Force will publicly unveil the highly anticipated territorial Agricultural…

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UVI Board Approves Creation of School of Agriculture

Staff Consortium | June 22, 2020

In the regular session of its quarterly meeting on June 20, via teleconference, the University of the Virgin Islands Board of Trustees unanimously approved the creation of a School of Agriculture, the...

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