Rice News and Updates
Social worker and farmer activist Vijay Jarhdhari of Beej Bachao Andolan (Uttarakhand), one of Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific's (PAN AP) partner organisations for Collective Rice Action 2012 (CORA), has been given the prestigious “Indira Gandhi Priyadardarshini Environment Award” by the Ministry of Environment and Forests, Government of India.
Pesticide Action Network (PAN) International hailed the verdict of the Permanent People's Tribunal (PPT) against the world's six largest agrochemical companies Monsanto, Syngenta, Bayer, Dow Chemical, DuPont and BASF after a historic four-day session that culminated in Bangalore, India yesterday.
Witnesses who testified in the four-day Permanent People's Tribunal (PPT) Session on Agrochemical Transnational Corporations (TNCs) assert that the pesticide industry's Big 6 should be held criminally liable for violations of human rights, as jurors are set to release today a historic verdict on the indictment brought forward by Pesticide Action Network (PAN) International on behalf of victims and survivors around the world.
On the 27th anniversary of the Bhopal Tragedy: Victims and survivors of the pesticide industry worldwide gather for historic tribunal
Around 200 people gathered today in Bangalore, India for the first day of the Permanent People's Tribunal (PPT) Session on Agrochemical Transnational Corporations (TNCs). Farmers and farmworkers, families of victims, environmental and health advocates, scientists, and lawyers have all their hopes pinned high on the outcome of the PPT, an international opinion tribunal that aims to indict the "Big Six" of the pesticide industry for human rights violations.
It has been almost nine years since the death of the Paraguayan child Silvino Talavera, and Monsanto Company has yet to acknowledge that it has anything to do with it.
Sixty-one year old Geraldean Matthew, a former Lake Apopka farmworker , spends most of her days in ill health. Suffering from congestive heart failure, Lupus, and kidney failure, she believes that exposure to highly toxic pesticides that were sprayed several decades ago is responsible for her various illnesses, as well as those of her children.
The worrisome deaths of bee populations worldwide is likely to continue as the German agrochemical company Bayer remains unrestricted in its manufacture and sale of neonicotinoid pesticides.
Bayer's accountability in the phenomenon known as the Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD) is among the cases to be heard at the Permanent People's Tribunal (PPT) Session on Agrochemical Transnational Corporations (TNCs), a landmark international opinion tribunal that will try the six largest agrochemical TNCs for various human rights violations, to be held from December 3 to 6, 2011.
Thousands of victims and survivors of endosulfan rejoiced when in April 2011, the Fifth Conference of the Parties of the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) finally agreed to put the highly toxic pesticide in the list of banned substances worldwide. Various health, environmental, and public interest groups have lobbied for years to ban endosulfan, an outdated DDT-era pesticide that has caused irreversible harm to human health, wildlife, and the environment.
Permanent People's Tribunal: Six largest agrochemical TNCs to stand trial for human rights violations
Giants of the pesticide and biotechnology industry will stand trial for human rights violations in a landmark Permanent People's Tribunal (PPT) to be held in India on December 3 to 6, Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific (PAN AP) announced today.
Saluting the American people who in recent weeks have gathered in New York to collectively condemn corporate power and greed, Pesticide Action Network (PAN) International will spearhead the first-ever Permanent People's Tribunal (PPT) Session on Agrochemical Transnational Corporations (TNCs) this December.