Vegetables grown around the Ranadi dumpsite area are unsafe for human consumption says local researcher who was doing his doctoral paper at 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 vegetables and food stuff they get from the market.
He said that the dumpsite has produced heavy toxic metals which can cause health related diseases like cancer and other impairment to the body system.
He said that one can tell that lots of vegetables ground around the Burnscreek, Taiwanese Farm, as well as around the dumpsite were always sold at the market.
“Vegetables like slippery cabbage, lettuce, and Chinese cabbage grown in these areas which were sold at the market were highly contaminated with heavy toxic metals.”
He said that the Honiara City Council needs to carryout full assessment of farming activities around the site because after all people that will be affected.
Mr Boboria said that these heavy toxic metals were leaked out from the dumpsite during rain as well as during burning where ashes flies out 2-300 meters away from the dumpsite.
He said that the long term effect of consuming these poisoned foods is the reduction of nervous system, as well other health related illness.
By CHARLEY PIRINGI