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Five ways to create a toxin-free garden

Maria Hansson standing in a lush garden

Toxins and chemicals are a major threat to our environment. The "third crisis" - the chemical crisis - is often forgotten when we talk about the climate and endangered species. Ahead of Biodiversity Day on 22 May, Maria Hansson, a researcher at Lund University and member of BECC, offers tips on how to create a non-toxic environment in your own garden, benefiting all its inhabitants, big and small.

Synthetically produced chemicals are now everywhere, in the soil, the water and the air we breathe. A plethora of new substances are floating around us and scientists warn that they are not getting the attention they need. In particular, there is a cocktail effect - we are exposed to many different substances in mixtures that, although at low levels, add up to a major risk factor. Although there are limits for both heavy metals and individual chemicals, very little is known about their combined effects," says Maria Hansson, an ecotoxicologist at the Centre for Environmental and Climate Science (CEC) at Lund University and member of BECC.

"We are not only seeing a climate and biodiversity crisis in the world. We are also seeing a chemical crisis," she says.

Harmful substances pose a threat to pollinating insects and future food supplies, but also to biodiversity in general and to our personal health. We are exposed to far more chemicals in our daily lives than we often realise.

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