PANNA: Resource Pointer #329 (Pesticides and Health)


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Resource Pointer #329 (Pesticides and Health)
July 18, 2003

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

*What’s Your Poison: Health Threats Posed by Pesticides in Developing Countries, 2003* Environmental Justice Foundation. Reviews scientific evidence for associations between pesticide exposure and human disease including birth defects, miscarriages, neurological disorders, and cancer. Focuses on the developing world where such a link is particularly prevalent. Calls for increased accountability for the agrochemical industry and improved regulations for pesticide use in developing countries. 25 pages. Available for free download at: Contact Environmental Justice Foundation, 5 St Peter’s Street, London, N1 8JD, UK; phone (44 0207) 359-0440; fax (44 0207) 359-7123; email; Web site

*Body Burden: The Pollution in People, 2003* Web site Reports the results of an Environmental Working Group (EWG) study investigating multiple chemical contaminants in humans attributed to use of everyday consumer products and industrial pollution. Provides study data, explanations of the contaminants and health effects, and articles on the chemical industry, government regulations limiting exposure, and ways to prevent exposure. Contact EWG 1436 U St. N.W., Suite 100, Washington, DC 20009; phone (202) 667-6982; fax (202) 232-2592; email; Web site

*Surviving Bhopal, Toxic Present — Toxic Future: A Report on Human and Environmental Chemical Contamination around the Bhopal Disaster Site, 2002* Srishti. Investigates the current and historical state of the Bhopal disaster site where, in 1984, a Union Carbide pesticide plant pipeline burst and released methyl isocyanate gas. Includes scientific surveys of the surrounding environment and health of the local population and criticizes the clean-up effort and government response to the disaster. 47 pages. Contact Srishti, H-2, Jangpura Extension, New Delhi, 110 014; phone (011) 432-8006; fax (011) 432-1747; email

*Pesticide Residues in Food, 2002* UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO). Provides means of assessment and raw data for 21 pesticide residues commonly present in food and their associated dietary risks. Report of the Joint Meeting of the FAO Panel of Experts on Pesticide Residues in Food and the Environment and WHO Core Assessment Group on Pesticide Residues Geneva, Switzerland, 17-26 September, 2001. FAO Plant Production and Protection Paper 172. 414 pages. US$42. Contact Sales and Marketing Group, Information Division, FAO, Viale delle Terme di Caracalla, 00100 Rome, Italy; fax (39 06) 5705 3360; email; Web site

*Casualties of Progress: Personal Histories from the Chemically Sensitive, 2000* Alison Johnson (editor). Case histories of people who have suffered a chemical injury and now live with an extreme sensitivity to chemicals. Discusses environmental illnesses such as multiple chemical sensitivity (MCS), a medical condition linked to the widespread rise in chemicals since World War II, and Gulf War syndrome. 276 pages. US$14. Contact MCS Information Exchange, 2 Oakland Street, Brunswick, ME 04011, phone (207) 725-1155; email, Web site

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