Hello - My name is Tamara Rubin, I am the mother of lead poisoned children that is quoted in the New York Times article. I am also the founder of the Lead Safe America Foundation.
The important point that was not mentioned in the article is that lead poisoning (even in very trace amounts - and yes trace amounts DO amount to poisoning) causes permanent brain damage in young children, brain damage leading to learning disabilities, behavioral disorders and other life-long health challenges (ADD, ADHD, Autism Spectrum Symptons, etc.) It doesn't take "eating paint chips" to poison a child - just a microscopic amount of lead could do it... like the amount found in many of the eggs that were tested.
If that's not enough to scare you (and by scare you - I mean encourage you to test your soil before you consider making an urban garden or keeping urban chickens) - lead poisoning in adults can cause kidney failure, heart disease, early onset Alzheimer's and the fun one... reproductive disorders - including erectile dysfunction! (Most people pay attention to that one
Please take care of yourselves and your children by getting your soil tested, getting your home tested and getting your children tested.
For more information about the issue:
I am making a documentary feature film about the subject and have posted some of my rough-cut sample footage (including clips from my interview with Noam Chomsky) here: http://www.MisleadMovie.com
If you would like a free test-kit to test the paint in your home for lead, click the "like" button on my Facebook page and send me a message on that page with your mailing address: http://www.Facebook.com/MisleadMovie - I also post pictures there of household objects that I test for lead and I am happy to answer any questions about the subject on that page.
....and if you want to make a difference you can help get the word out by making a tax-deductible contribution in support of my advocacy work and my film at http://www.LeadSafeAmerica.org or making a pledge on our Kickstarter project: http://kck.st/Qv0lbL