In Campania, the NYT reported recently that one environmental group estimates that the local Camorra mafia have illegally buried 10 million tons of toxic garbage since the early 1990s, earning billions of dollars for the mafia even as toxic substances leached into the soil and the water table. This causes significant health problems including a cluster of cancer cases and has made wholesalers cautious of buying the mozzarella di bufala and other produce from the area. The cleanup costs would be enormous, if the Italian state could rouse itself to address the problem directly. Meanwhile the poison continues to seep into the land.
Enjoy your local fruit and vegetables.