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Pesticide Action Network applauds move toward prior informed consent requirement for trade of toxic pesticide endosulfan
Pesticide Action Network (PAN), an international network focused on protecting community health and the environment, applauds the recent recommendation by government chemical experts that politicians include the toxic chemical endosulfan on the Prior Informed Consent (PIC) list of the Rotterdam Convention in 2008.(1)
“This deadly pesticide is a leading cause of poisoning worldwide,” says Carina Weber of PAN Germany. “Communities should not have to suffer from exposure to endosulfan when so much is known about its dangers.”
Bayer to Face the Families of 24 Children Poisoned and Killed by Methyl Parathion at a Court-Ordered Settlement Hearing
On October 22, 1999 in the remote Andean village of Tauccamarca, 24 children were poisoned and killed when they drank a powdered milk substitute as part of their school lunch that had been contaminated by the organophosphate pesticide methyl parathion. Eighteen other children at the school were poisoned but survived, and today suffer the developmental consequences typical of organophosphate poisoning.
Groups expose politics of endangering workers health in Malaysia ’s pursuit of global palm oil dominance by keeping paraquat a main feature in plantations
Zurich, 7 February - "Syngenta presented splendid profit figures for the past year on February 8th. With an action before the company’s corporate headquarters the Berne Declaration (BD) calls attention to the fact that a large share of Syngenta’s annual income is derived from the sale of paraquat – a pesticide that poisons tens of thousands of farmers and plantation workers every year.
Berne/October 17, 2006 -- “We appeal to the Swiss people for your support to make Syngenta accountable for the irreversible health effects caused by paraquat,” stated Dr Irene Fernandez, Coordinator of the Malaysian NGO Tenaganita (Women’s Force), at the Press Conference organised by the Berne Declaration.
Centre for Sustainable Agriculture (India)
Pesticide Action Network (PAN) Asia and the Pacific
Coalition against Bayer Dangers (Germany)
For Cecinio ‘Lo-Long’ Pelletero and Ramel Murillo, coming all the way from the tiny village of Kamukhaan, on the Filipino island of Mindanao to the sprawling suburbs of West Auckland, New Zealand has been quite an experience. It has been an experience of great contrasts in terms of weather, food, culture, and of just being in a country that is comparatively considered more advanced socially, economically and environmentally.