To read this story in full, check out the the NY Times article, Worries About Lead for New York City's Garden-Fresh Eggs.
If you have a concern about lead, you can have your soil tested for lead and other heavy metals. We had our garden area tested several years ago as part of a broader test to understand how to amend the soil to improve its productivity. The service we used is Timberleaf soil testing. A lead test costs $39. You can perform similar tests for cadmium, chromium and nickel for $39 each and arsenic for $66.
|Sunnyside Up But Lead Free? Photo by David Benbennick|