Sewage Tomatoes Spring Up Near Jones Falls

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If you’re walking or biking down Falls Road near the Jones Falls, you might happen to see a squash or tomato plant. It might even look very healthy and tempting. But a word to the wise: Don’t eat those vegetables.

According to an icky story on WYPR yesterday, these vegetable plants may have come from sewage. Yep, you know what I mean. Sewer overflows are apparently common (and, ugh, “volcanic”) in the area, especially when it rains. “Every time it rains, this area is overflows bad,” a sewage contractor told WYPR. “The manhole lids pop off. They have to shut the road down. And stuff is all over. And this river basically runs straight into the Inner Harbor. It’s a pretty nasty setup.”

Some of that sewage may contain vegetable seeds–which is exactly why you shouldn’t eat those tomatoes.

Read or listen to the rest of the WYPR report for more context on Baltimore’s ongoing sewage problems. Warning: It’s not pretty.

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  1. Is there REALLY a health hazard involved, or is it just “eww, ick, it came from a sewer”?

    Manure has been used as fertilizer since time immemorial, and most people seem to have survived the practice.

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