PANNA: Resource Pointer #287 (Pesticide Poisoning Worldwide)


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Resource Pointer #287
Pesticide Poisoning Worldwide

August 7, 2002

For copies of the following resources, please contact the appropriate publishers or organizations directly.

*Poisoned and Silenced: A Study of Pesticide Poisoning in the Plantations, 2002* Tenaganita and Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific. Examines working conditions on palm oil plantations in Malaysia, focusing on the effects of pesticides on workers (predominantly women). Reports a lack of safe equipment, protective clothing, availability of safety and rights information and education, appropriate medical care, and supportive local legislation. 67 pages. US$10.00, plus postage: $1.50 within Asia/Pacific, $2.50 elsewhere. Contact Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific; P.O. Box 1170, 10850 Penang, Malaysia; phone (604) 657 0271; fax (604) 657 7445; email; Web site

*Death in Small Doses: Cambodia’s Pesticide Problems and Solutions, 2002* Environmental Justice Foundation. Reports on problems surrounding pesticide use in Cambodia, including poisoning, lack of adequate safety education, equipment and labeling, poor law enforcement, and import of dangerous and banned pesticides. Reviews major crops, pests, pesticides and non-toxic alternative practices. 37 pages. Contact Environmental Justice Foundation, 5 St. Peter’s St, London N1 8JD, UK; phone (44-20) 7359 0440; fax (44-20) 7359 7123; email; Web site

*Endosulfan Poisoning in Kasargod, Kerala, India; Report of a Fact Finding Mission, 2002* Romeo F. Quijano. Examines the effects on human health from endosulfan spraying of cashew plantations in India. Includes physical examinations and testimonies from local villagers. Reports an unusually large number of illnesses–mainly due to endosulfan–occurring among people in villages where aerial spraying has been occurring for the past 25 years. 9 pages. Contact Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific; P.O. Box 1170, 10850 Penang, Malaysia; phone (604) 657 0271; fax (604) 657 7445; email; Web page

*Something in the Air, 2001* Video. Sylvie Dauphinais, dir. National Film Board of Canada. Links high rates of childhood asthma with large-scale pesticide use on potato farms and golf courses in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Includes interviews with local activists, potato farmers and families suffering from asthma. 24:50 minutes. Available in French and English. For prices in the US, call (800) 542-2164; for prices in Canada and elsewhere, call (800) 267-7710. Within the US, contact National Film Board of Canada, 350 Fifth Ave, Suite 4820, New York, NY 10118; phone (212) 629-8890; fax (212) 629-8502; email; Web site

*Playing with Poison, 2001* Video. John Ritchie, dir. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation’s “The Nature of Things,” Force Four Entertainment, Inc. Reports the findings of American anthropologist Elizabeth Guillette from her studies of neurological effects of pesticides on children living the Yaqui Valley, a large agricultural area in Mexico. Examines the relevance of these and other pesticide exposures to children across North America. 46 minutes. US$250, rental for US$85; discounts available for individuals and activists. Contact Bullfrog Films, PO Box 149, Oley, PA 19547; phone (800) 543-3764; fax (610) 370-1978; email; Web site

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