September 16, 2009

Garlic farmer: High-speed Internet stinks

A rural Canadian organic garlic grower has blocked a company's bid to erect a tower to bring high-speed Internet to his town, saying it would damage his garlic.

Lenny Levine addressed the council of Kings County in Nova Scotia, saying one of the towers EastLink wants to install is near his property in Victoria Harbor, and the microwaves it would emit would damage his crop, the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. reported.

I think over a period of time it will change the DNA of the garlic because it shakes up the molecules, Levine said.

So far, the council has approved five other EastLink towers elsewhere in the county, but voted to block the one near Levine's farm.

However, county official Fred Whalen said he expects the federal Industry Canada agency will overturn the council's decision. He told the CBC the radiation from the Internet wireless tower is 60,000 times lower than the government's limits for organic farms.

For the time being, Levine's village has only dial-up access to the Internet, the report said.