The organization also has a message for consumers who seem to swap their phones, tablets and other computer devices with increasing frequency
“Think about where your mobile phone or where your gadgets go,” said Ma, the Greenpeace activist. When you think about changing [your phone], or buying a new product, always think about the footprint that you put on this planet.”
According to a recent United Nations report, “China now appears to be the largest e-waste dumping site in the world.”
According to the April 2013 U.N. report “E-Waste in China,” Guiyu suffered an “environmental calamity” as a result of the wide-scale e-waste disposal industry in the area.
A group of farmers who migrated from Guangxi province to cultivate rice in Guiyu told CNN they did not dare drink the local well water.
The head of the group, who identified himself as Zhou, had another shocking admission.
“It may not sound nice, but we don’t dare eat the rice that we farm because it’s planted here with all the pollution,” Zhou said, pointing at water-logged rice paddy next to him.
Asked who did eat the harvested rice, Zhou answered: “How should I know? A lot of it is sold off … they don’t dare label the rice from here as ‘grown in Guiyu.’ They’ll write that its rice from some other place.”
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