Austrian group warns of DDT contamination

Greenhouse vegetables "being grown on hazardous waste" claims Global 2000

Friends of the Earth's Austrian branch, Global 2000, has warned of high concentrations of the organochlorine pesticide DDT in soil in greenhouses. "Vegetables are being grown on hazardous waste," the group claimed.

According to Global 2000, independent laboratory tests on soils taken from several greenhouses in Vienna showed DDT levels of up to 2,333 micrograms per kilo of DDT, nearly 1,000 times the average in Austria. "This is not a problem of four single greenhouses in Vienna but at least for Austria and I guess for the whole EU," said the group's Klaus Kastenhofer.

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