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Three children, one resident claims, have developed leukaemia, two women have died of ovarian cancer and one has contracted Parkinson’s disease.
Contains: Traces of three pesticides, including the highest residue in all five bottles tested of fluopicolide (0.021 mg/litre), a fungicide used to treat potato blight which has been classified as a ‘possible liver, kidney and spleen toxicant’. Contains: Traces of two pesticides, including 0.14 mg/litre of metalaxyl, which at higher quantities can irritate the skin and eyes and has been linked with possible liver damage. Contains: Traces of four pesticides, and is the only bottle to contain dimethomorph (0.01mg/l), a mould-killer classified as ‘slightly toxic’ to mammals.
So when they heard that Harvey was on its way, they knew they needed to get inventive to keep their home dry.
Randy quickly went online in search of a way to keep their home dry and found a Louisiana-based company that makes water-fulled dams, called Aqua Dams.
When they moved here 20 years ago, green fields surrounded their house; today it is all vines.‘They spray pesticides on the plants once a week but each grower does it on a different day, so every day the air is filled with chemicals,’ says Sandra. Many times I have become sick and collapsed because of the pesticides. In the next village, Farra di Soligo, six families have been forced out of their homes because of the clouds of pesticides that hang in the air and are sprayed next to nurseries, primary schools and community centres.
Locals complain of respiratory problems, thyroid disorders and even tumours.
Cheaper than champagne, with fewer calories than white wine (just 80 per glass, compared with 120) and an alcohol content of just 11 per cent, it’s on offer everywhere, including in hairdressers, beauty salons and department stores.
Thanks to the huge pressure on growers in Veneto — which, since a 2009 ruling to prevent low-quality imitations, is the only area where prosecco can legally be produced — locals say a cocktail of pesticides is being sprayed on the vines to help keep up with demand.
‘The vine-growers often live on their own land, so they take particular care what they put on the plants.’‘But we have done scientific tests on the people who live near vineyards, and the percentage who have cancer or chemical traces in their bodies is the same as we would expect in the normal population.’‘I have lived here for 42 years and the problems are recent,’ she says.
The Aqua Dam is a waterproof fabric tube that is filled with water and used like a sandbag.
Any rain water that comes onto his property is pumped into the tube and then out and into the flood, keeping his home dry.
They have the support of local doctors and campaigners, although health officials deny there is any regional problem.
Sandra Padovan, 44, her husband Fabio, 60, and their three children live above the hamlet of Pieve di Soligo.
The one in Randy's front yard, he explained, came from some rice farmers in El Campo, Texas.