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Soil Contamination in India: Broader Issues

SEB101 Group Oral Assessment

Erin Wilson

on 4 May 2014

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Acumen. (2008). Wastewater [Image]. Retrieved May 12, 2013, from http://acumen.com.my/files/wastewater.jpg

All About India. (2012). Chromium pollution Ganges River. [Image]. Retrieved April 13, 2013, from http://www.all-about-india.com/Ganges-River-Pollution.html

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India: Treating its Soil Like Dirt
Intercont, 2005
Drivers of pollution:
Poor waste management
Industrial sector has prospered immensely

Lack of enforcement, budget constraints and ineffective monitoring.

Waste contains heavy metals, despite laws, not dealt with properly
(3, 4).
Contamination of soil by heavy metals is of particular concern... carries risk to health, food production & the economy
Soil contamination introduces local economic strain
In summary...
Poor industrial waste management causes soil degradation.

Heavy metal contamination is of primary concern.

Repercussions of contamination flow onto threaten public health, agricultural success and the Indian economy.
Improper management
Waste and effluents are negligently disposed.

Dumped in water bodies

Used as crop irrigation
(5, 8).

Heavy metals - agricultural stability adversely affected.
(Acumen, 2008)
Agriculture is the
foundation of rural economy in India
Trade & export are affected

Affected produce = reduced marketability

Decline in Indian agro-exports
The Social and Economic Implications of Heavy Metal Soil Pollution
(All about India, 2012) & (Asia Society, 2013).
^ Permaculture Research Institute Australia, 2013

< Harvard University Arsenic Project, n.d.
Capacity to yield reduced - loss in marketability.

Farmer investments lost

Purchasing power reduced
Trade and Export
Deccan Herald, 2011
Allianz Open Knowledge, 2013
Interruption of physiological processes

Arsenic - carcinogenic, hyperkeratosis (the feet)

Lead - affects cognitive & bodily functions.

Cultivation is unsafe.
Societal Health Risks
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[5] Ramesh, S. (2013, February 7). Untreated, toxic effluents still discharged into Kalingarayan canal. The Hindu. Retrieved from http://www.thehindu.com/

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Image Citations
Emma Carter, Julia Shen, Erin Wilson & Shakti Sivakumar
Heavy Metals and Plants
Plants can uptake & accumulate heavy metals in their edible parts

Copper in rice plant (right) - deformities, toxicity
(The Nature Education Knowledge Project, 2011).
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