Drinking Poison

As traditional farming methods are lost to chemical fertilizer dumping in Sri Lanka, its people are paying with their lives. Over use of chemical fertilizer and pesticide is poisoning the waterbed. LBO goes on a field trip to the Kalpitiya Peninsula which houses Sri Lankas largest shallow water reserve.
Forty-three year old J Sundaralingam, a cabbage farmer has suffered from bouts of asthma, dizzy spells and bloated legs nearly all his life. His two children endash six-year old Prashanthi and ten-year old Michael endash show similar symptoms.rn

rnSundaralingam says he looks over 60-years old, because he spends hours toiling his small plot in the harsh sun. He puts his poor health down to lack of nutrients and the tough lifestyle.rn

rnBut the Sundaralingam familys health problem is common to most of the 250 families that live in Nawakkaduwa, a seaside village located in the Kalpitiya peninsula.rn

rnThe ground water in Kalpitiya has gone bad and its after-effects are spread out across the