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A Nova Scotia garlic farmer has put the brakes on high-speed internet coming to Victoria Harbour, a rural community on the Bay of Fundy, fearing radiation from microwave towers will affect his crops.

Lenny Levine, who has been planting and harvesting garlic by hand on his Annapolis Valley land since the 1970s, is afraid his organic crop could be irradiated if EastLink builds a microwave tower for wireless high-speed internet access a few hundred metres from his farm.

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

EastLink uses microwave transmission to provide high-speed internet access to rural areas outside its wired network.

Levine said he moved to the country to get away from pollution, and he sees the radiation from the towers as another form of pollution.

"I view it with dread, fear and panic," he said. "I don't want to grow food under those conditions."

A petition in support of the high speed internet tower was signed by the majority of householders in the area. Meanwhile, the people of Victoria Harbour are stuck with dial-up internet.

Lenny Levine, CBC News 24 Comments [9/27/2009 3:09:18 PM]
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Bay of Fundy? LOL, wow, how appropriate.

9/27/2009 3:41:04 PM


Doesn't microwaves only affect water molecules?

9/27/2009 3:48:14 PM


@ Dan:

No, they also change the DNA of garlic because it shakes up the molecules


9/27/2009 3:53:52 PM


There's always one, isn't there?

9/27/2009 5:10:23 PM


And apparently megadoses of garlic will rot your brain.

9/27/2009 6:18:45 PM

Nyssa Of Aachen

Well, considering there are 2 Geostationary communications satellites (Anik F2 & F3) presumably irradating his garlic with microwaves,in the form of Satellite T.V, & thus (according to him) altering it's DNA structure, surely Mr Levine should be suing the Canadian Government, not Eastlink over this issue...?

9/27/2009 6:55:32 PM


I hate organic food anyway. It always tastes like dirt.

9/27/2009 7:09:59 PM

Be careful. You're getting too close to the truth. the reason so much modern tech uses microwaves is because it was funded by the vampire royal houses with the intent of fucking with garlic DNA so it no longer affects them, leaving the human population helpless.

9/27/2009 7:24:25 PM

Tolpuddle Martyr

Doesn't seem radical enough for a full blown conspiracy nut, mind you "fear, dread and panic" seems like a bit of an overreaction.

Out of interest, is there any evidence of microwave transmitters for broadband or mobiles doing anything to the DNA of nearby crops?

9/27/2009 7:58:02 PM

The Skeptic Wept

Just cover your garlic field with aluminum foil and everything will be fine.

9/27/2009 9:25:29 PM

Mrs. Antichrist

Yay, yet another idiot who tries to push people around despite knowing nothing about science. Microwave towers aren't going to change his garlic crop.

I'm sure the rest of Victoria Harbour is pleased that they're still stuck with crappy dial-up thanks to idiots like this guy.

9/27/2009 10:10:47 PM


When your neighbors want to know why they can't steal software, look at cocks and watch stupid videos on the internet like the rest of the free world, I do hope EastLink gives them your phone number, Mr. Levine.

9/27/2009 10:17:36 PM


Quick, cover your crops with tinfoil!

9/28/2009 1:34:49 AM

Doubting Thomas

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

Um, you have no idea how that works, do you? Any time something heats up, the molecules "get shaken up," so to speak. Doesn't mean that any DNA will be affected.

Plus, RF radiation is not the same as nuclear radiation. And microwave towers aim their signals line-of-sight, meaning it points in one direction, usually to another microwave tower in the distance. It's unlikely any RF radiation is hitting the ground.

But leave it to one paranoid nutbag to ruin everyone else's ability to have high-speed internet.

9/28/2009 8:20:03 AM

From all the DNA we have been modifying since the Stone Age, now we have to care about garlic..........please, go get a little culture, ethnocentric dumbo.

9/28/2009 8:40:14 AM

There's microwaves everywhere, left over from the Big Bang. THERE'S NO ESCAPING!!!!!!

9/28/2009 8:45:17 AM

Table Rock

@The Skeptic Wept

He should put some on his head too.

9/28/2009 9:18:41 AM


Hey cool, I live like a couple hundred miles away from there. I actually just got back from visiting a town not too far away from there.

You have to remember that other than Halifax the province of Nova Scotia is completely rural. This means that all the young people leave for better jobs and the remainder are fundies. This kind of ignorant bullshit really doesn't surprise me.

9/28/2009 10:47:12 AM


Anyone else dissapointed that this wasn't about Vampires?

9/28/2009 4:50:31 PM

Dr. Novakaine

You think it'll change the DNA? Got news for ya, Lenny...you're thinking wrong.

9/29/2009 7:45:26 AM


Little does he know his neighbours are all pissing on his crops at night because he's coming between them and high speed porn.

Oh wait, that's allowed under organics, isn't it.

9/29/2009 12:16:30 PM


The young have been leaving for some time. My great-grandmother left Sydney Mines 100 years ago to become a domestic in Boston. It was that or stay and marry a coal miner or fisherman and live on herring and potatoes.

9/29/2009 6:18:23 PM


"because it shakes up the molecules,"

You know heat does that too, right? The sun? And possibly chemicals in your organic soil/fertilizer? You cannot live without molecules being "shaken up". Get over it.

I still don't understand why people are so worried about their food being a little different in the DNA.

9/29/2009 8:49:27 PM


Reason prevails. The judge threw out the injunction. The tower will go ahead.

11/12/2009 9:38:18 AM

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