The issue of water pollution is becoming more and more serious – it is starting to poison the vegetables we eat. This, in turn, can poison you. So, even if you don’t care about ‘going green’, it makes sense to start growing at least some of your own vegetables.
The problem, according to water expert and Professor at the University of the Free State’s Centre for Enviromental Management, Anthony Turton, lies with the pollution entering our rivers and dams from dysfunctional sewage treatment plants and informal settlements.
It is Professor Turton’s opinion that 60%+ of the water in South Africa’s dams is no longer suitable for human consumption or irrigation. ‘Water eutrophication’ (resulting in blue/green algae) is creating toxins that are already killing some of the animals that drink such water. In humans, these toxins could enter plants and then into those who have consumed contaminated food.
According to Professor Turton, the Government appeared to be hostile to those scientists who talk about ‘water eutrophication’ and has closed down its eutrophication project.
Grow more of your own veg, using properly treated water or rain water – it will be good for the planet, and good for you and your family.
Source (in part): article by Angelique Serrao in The Mercury.