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Chicken wire contaminating soil with lead?

 
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Really interesting post showing how chicken wire leads to contaminated soil directly underneath where it is used.  https://tamararubin.com/2018/04/chicken-wire-mesh-hardware-cloth-2201-ppm-lead-cadmium/

she lists some alternatives.  wondering if anyone has had their soil tested for lead before, as well as after using galvanized steel products?
 
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We we're just looking into this as well. I was horrified to realize I could be contaminating my soil. I have not tested our soil. We had a huge problem with voles digging into our raised beds from underneath and decimating the plants so we removed all the dirt so we could line the bottom with wire but definitely didn't want to line it with wire containing lead. We ended up buying stainless steel wire mesh instead of regular galvanized chicken wire. It was more expensive but I think it was worth it.
 
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I have a suspicion this might be quite common. Steel gets recycled and if a batch was not totally free of lead, the output is contaminated.

Try to find the safety datasheet of steel products:
One random result for carbon steel wire (what is uses in wire mesh) has 0.0 - 1.0% lead listed.
 
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Jenny Wright wrote:We ended up buying stainless steel wire mesh instead of regular galvanized chicken wire. It was more expensive but I think it was worth it.



can you share what you bought?
 
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The exact product we bought isn't in stock anymore but it was like this.  
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