(T) Ilva steel factory in Taranto and (B) a cannabis plant. Photo: Mario Laporta/Justin Sullivan/AFP
“We had to decide whether to stay and fight, or head to pastures new.”
"More and more hectares are being planted each year.”
While this makes the plants useless for recreational smoking, they still have plenty of more interesting uses such as producing hemp fibres, bio-fules, animal feed and insulation.
Since then, both the factory and the Italian government have been accused by the European Court of Human Rights of causing thousands of deaths by flouting rules on emissions and pollution.