A multi-dimensional geographical approach to predicting the probability of land site toxicity in urban areas being considered for agricultural farming

Authors: Richard Romer*, Eastern Michigan University, Kristoffer Canty, Eastern Michigan University
Topics: Geography and Urban Health, Urban Geography, Geographic Information Science and Systems
Keywords: Food Production, Toxicity, Environmental Factors, Soil Toxicity, Urban Agriculture, Urban Planning, Historical Zoning, GIS Mapping,
Session Type: Poster
Day: 4/6/2019
Start / End Time: 9:55 AM / 11:35 AM
Room: Lincoln 2, Marriott, Exhibition Level
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The impact of soil toxicity on agriculture is an environmental factor that isn’t typically considered when one thinks of food. However, contaminated, toxic soil is becoming a greater threat both within the United States and around the globe. The concern of toxic soil is especially prevalent in urban areas that once housed considerable industrial activity. This project examines the implementation of a three-prong geographical approach to determining the likelihood of soil toxicity, before the acquisition of costly soil sampling. Methods, cost-benefit analysis, and suggestions concerning the implementation of this approach are presented. Land plot case examples are provided.

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