Hemp is proving to be one of the best phytoremediative plants used to clean up nuclear contamination in Chenobyl. Thus far I can’t find any evidence it’s being used at Fukushima – I guess they feel more comfortable pretending a) there is no nuclear contamination at Fukushima b) there used to be nuclear contamination but it’s gone and c) the nuclear contamination at Fukushima isn’t hazardous to human health.
As the result of any type of consumption, there is the consequent waste. Often the waste is benign, sometimes even productive, such as with industrial hemp. At other times, it’s deadly. Such is the case with the manufacturing run-off of the heavy metal industries.
The ILVA steel factory in Taranto, Italy (on the Ionian Sea, which opens to the larger Mediterranean) replaced fishing and tourism as its primary industry in 1965. It is now the region’s largest employer and produces forty percent of Italy’s steel. It’s also responsible for the disastrous pollution of the area’s air, land, and water.
One of the contaminants that result from steel production is dioxin. Dioxins are a group of toxic chemical compounds (Chlorinated dibenzo-p-dioxin [CDD], Chlorinated dibenzofuran [CDF], and certain polychlorinated biphenyls [PCB]) that are the by-product of combustion. They are known to cause cancer, disrupt the endocrine system, affect reproduction and development, and damage…
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