We have a proposal for testing bone broth for lead. We want you to join with us. There is the notion that lead contamination is widespread in the US and especially in the Northeastern US. There is no doubt that lead contamination exists in Northeastern soils.
Also, it is known that livestock animals tend to accumulate environmental lead in their bones. That , too, seems to be established fact. People have begun using bone broths for nutritional purposes and tests of broth in the UK revealed elevated levels of lead in chicken bone broth.
Marcy L and I (Randy W) have decided to implement some serious testing to find out what is really going on. Our children eat bone broth and we think it somehow neglectful to NOT find out whether this stuff is actually safe.
We have a source of bone typically used by people following a GAPS diet or eating a-la Weston A Price. We also have connected with a certified lab and gotten quotes for testing samples for lead. Our aim is to try to refute the hypothesis that
All of PA is so contaminated with lead that it will concentrate lead in bone broth to a level that approaches or exceeds the EPA limit of 15 parts per million.
We cannot prove this hypothesis except by testing every place in the Northeast. But we can refute it by showing that even one Northeastern source does NOT produce bone broth that has lead exceeding 15 part per million.
Our plan is to test two samples of chicken broth and two samples of beef broth as well as one sample of cooked water in order to control for possible contamination from our water supply or cookware.
We’ll be using bones aquired from Amish farmers who use no pesticides, herbicides or artificial fertilizers in their farming practices. We also know that the farms in question are distant from any EPA listed sources of lead pollution, such as smelters, lead paint factories, coal fired power plants and the like. They are also distant from major interstate highways.
We will document and publish our methods of creating the broth, the water source and the cookware involved. We will be using the chain of custody forms supplied by the lab. In short, we hope to be rigorous, yet create tests that hold up to scrutiny and are reproducible by others.
We intend to publish not only the results of our test, but the documentation of how we did it.
We are looking for supporters to help us defray the costs. Here’s the budget:
|Item||Quantity||Unit Cost||Extended Cost|
|ICP Sample Testing||5||$35.00||$175.00|
|Total||$200.00 + Bone costs|