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Solomon Islands: Some vegetables from Honiara are unsafe

Vegetables grown near the garbage dump site of Ranadi -a suburb of Honiara, the Solomon Islands- are unsafe for human consumption, says a researcher from the University of South Pacific, Fiji. Dickson Boboria, who was due to present his doctorate paper this year, cautioned the Honiara public to be aware of certain vegetables and food stuffs. He said that the dumpsite contains toxic heavy metals which can cause diseases like cancer.

“Vegetables like cabbage, lettuce and Chinese cabbage grown in these areas, which were sold at the market, were highly contaminated with heavy toxic metals.”

He urges the Honiara City Council to carry out a full assessment of farming activities around the dump site. The Solomon Star News reported Boboria as saying that these heavy metals are leaking from the dumpsite when it rains and talks of ash from burning debris flying up to 300 meters away from the dumpsite.

Publication date: 2/8/2018



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