Managing cadmium in vegetables

Cadmium is a widespread, naturally occurring element that is present in soils, rocks, waters, plants and animals. It occurs naturally with deposits of zinc and phosphorus but, unlike these nutrients, it is not considered essential for life.

It is crucial to limit our long-term exposure to cadmium, as it can accumulate in humans and high levels can affect human health.

Vegetable growers, and leafy vegetable growers in particular, often have issues with controlling cadmium uptake. This Vegenotes article provides an insight into managing cadmium in vegetable production.