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Punjab’s Food and Water Woes:Perils of Heavy Metal Contamination
Punjab’s early success in agriculture set the stage for infrastructure development in the region. Within years of embracing seed-fertilizer technology in 1968, the benefits of improved crop production started trickling to other economic sectors1. But due to short sighted development and unplanned industrialization, the region has become swamped with toxic heavy metals that are released into the rivers. The problem has been known for some time, but despite that, no concrete solution has been worked out. This does not bode well for health and agriculture. Several reports from the region highlight these issues.
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