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Mafia toxic waste dumping poisons Italy farmlands

Italians are proud of the quality of their food and healthy nature of their diet, but an alleged organized crime practice of indiscriminately dumping industrial waste may have contaminated farmland for generations

BY Frances D’emilio  /  AP, CAIVANO, Italy

Farmers scoffed at the idea their vegetables — a key part of the much-touted healthy Mediterranean diet — would be bad to eat.

“I eat them, my sons eat them and my grandchildren eat them,” Domenico Della Corte said, holding up a cauliflower as big as a bridal bouquet.

Meanwhile, Naples anti-mafia prosecutor Conzo speaks of another fear: The mob may be poised to cash in the massive cleanup — using its time-tested expertise at muscling in on public contracts.

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