The good news from the Bay of Fundy is that the world’s largest tides may soon be generating electricity. The bad news is there’s at least one Globe and Mail copy editor who doesn’t know the difference between waves and tides.
But that’s not the most amusing news from the region. For that, we turn to Kings County, where the local authorities have decided to deny approval to install a WiFi tower because a garlic farmer is worried about the damage it will do to his crops. According to the CBC:
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.”
Levine may have some pull on the Kings County Council, but the victory for pseudoscience will be short-lived as “a petition in support of the high speed internet tower was signed by the majority of householders in the area.” In addition, the council’s decision can be overturned by the federal government. Phew.
But in the meantime, “the people of Victoria Harbour are stuck with dial-up internet.”
So sad. And in case anyone would like to understand just why Mr. Levine’s concerns are unfounded, one of my more knowledgeable colleagues at ScienceBlogs has made it easy to understand. Read The “Built on Facts” explanation here.