Researchers Discover E-waste From Europe Is Poisoning Ghana's Food Chain


by Denison Adzotor 0

Researchers in Ghana have identified that most of the most hazardous toxins entering into the food chain in Ghana are from electronic waste which has been illegally disposed off from Europe.

In a recent report, two research groups tracking the disposal of electronic waste observed that eggs from Agbogbloshie a slummy area where most young people break electronic waste to recover metals contain high levels of dioxins and Polychlorinated biphenyls.

The two environmental groups that conducted the research were the Basel Action Network and Ipen.

In their research, eggs from free range chickens that forage in the community which has a population of close to about 80,000 people where burning of electronic waste is mostly done were analyzed and the results were worrying.

The analytical results estimated that a single egg being eaten by an individual in Agbogloshie has the tendency of exposing the individual to a high level of chlorinated dioxins which exceed the European Food Safety Authority limits 220 times or more.

Other toxic compounds which were found in such high amounts according to researchers from the two groups were PCB’s and fire-retardant compounds.  

The report also emphasized on the loose enforcement of regulations on the transfer of electronic waste from Europe to some African countries such as Ghana, Tanzania, Nigeria and many others.

Environmental activist has been calling for the strict enforcement of regulations to ensure that the movement of electronic waste into the country is controlled in order to avoid serious future environmental pollution issues.

Basel Action Network is an organization which fitted waste from Europe and tracked it with monitors to Ghana as well as a number of African countries.

Agbogbloshie is a suburb of Accra where young people burn lots of electronic waste to recover metals such as cupper.





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