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Heal Toxics is a member of the International POPs Elimination Network

This website provides resources on Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs) such as pesticides, dioxins, PCBs, and wastes. Valuable examples of community monitoring of health and environmental impacts of toxic chemicals are also furnished.

Further, there is an entire section devoted to chemical safety in its proper socio-political context or in relation to issues such as globalization and people's empowerment.

 

Pesticides

Pesticide Monitor (May- June 2005, Vol. 2 No. 2)
by Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific

The Pesticide Monitor is a regular awareness service of PAN AP. It contains pesticide-related news and updates of pesticides resistance from around the globe. It also provides a pesticide industry update, as well as a list of PAN AP's recent activities and announcements.

PAN AP's Rice Newsletter

Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific's special newsletter of the Save Our Rice campaign, on worldwide efforts to protect rice varieties, the cultural consumption and heritage of Asians.

Pesticide Monitor of Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific
(Vol. 1 No. 1, March 2005)

The latest issues include news from around the globe on pesticide issues and a Special Report that details activities related to the December 3 International No Pesticides Use Day.

The Pesticide Monitor (PM) is a bi-monthly awareness service of Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific.

Leading International Journal Reviews Paraquat Safety
by Outlooks on Pest Management

The latest issue of Outlooks on Pest Management includes the following articles about Paraquat. It will be of interest to all who know and care about crop protection, and human and environmental safety.

Clouds of Injustice: Bhopal disaster 20 years on
by Amnesty International

Twenty years on the Bhopal plant continues to ruin the lives of the surrounding communities. The effects of the leak and the contaminated environment continue seriously to affect people's basic human rights. A report by Amnesty International shows how companies and governments are evading their human rights responsibilities, and underlines the need for universal human rights standards for businesses.

Online Information Service for Non-Chemical Pest Management in the Tropics
by Pesticide Action Network Germany

To eliminate the use of hazardous pesticides, and to promote community-based control over a sustainably produced food supply, PAN Germany offers concrete alternatives with its OISAT Info.

OISAT Info is a practical guide for trainers, extension workers, and farmers on how to minimize pest damage in a safe, effective, and ecologically sound way. Its structure is based on the cropping season of the major crops, indicating key pests for each growth stage and plant part. Further, detailed information is presented on preventive and curative pest management practices with the aim of providing basic and practical information. The descriptions contain illustrations, photographs, and clear advice, together with a glossary of technical terms. Situation-specific information can be downloaded and compiled in tailor-made training material, which can also be translated into local languages for an effective transfer of information to the farmers.

No Pesticides Day: 20th Anniversary of the Bhopal Tragedy
Articles about the 20th Anniversary of the Bhopal Tragedy commemorated last December 3, 2004:

Agro-chemical TNCs and plantations accountable for chemical disasters in the Philippines
PAN AP commemorates 20th anniversary of Bhopal
Paraquat, poison in Filipino food and environment
No Pesticides Use Day in India
BC says Bhopal interview "elaborate deception"

The PAN Pesticides Database
By PAN North America

The PAN Pesticides Database enables you to:
Find information about chemical active ingredients
Find information about formulated products
Identify chemicals responsible for pesticide poisonings, and report poisoning cases to the appropriate agencies
Find information about pesticide toxicity to a wide range of aquatic organisms

Health and Environmental Hazards of Pesticides
By Dr. Romeo Quijano, HEAL Toxics and PAN Philippines

This report outlines health hazards associated with pesticide use that have been known for years, and the extent of harm they have caused to the environment. It also offers a comprehensive critique of the factors that enable chemical companies to pour millions of tons of pesticides annually into the world’s biosphere, including the failure of pesticide regulation and control.

Agrochemical Transnationals Factsheets
By PAN North America

These factsheets contain information on the world’s largest Agrochemical Transnationals such as Syngenta, Monsanto, DuPont, Dow Chemicals, and Bayer.

Information includes a company profile and history, a list of pesticides produced and documented cases of their adverse effects worldwide. Also provides a list of biotechnology products promoted and specific breaches on biosafety.

Applying the Precautionary Principle in the Risk Assessment of Pesticides: Endosulfan Case Study
By Dr. Romeo Quijano, HEAL Toxics and PAN Philippines

This report presents an objective and careful review of existing data that demonstrates that endosulfan belongs to the group of highly toxic Persistent Organic Pollutants (POPs). It exposes how corporations defend their products, despite overwhelming evidence of harm to human health and the environment, by referring to the extensive testing of their products based on “risk assessment”, and to the tacit approval by the international bodies such as WHO and FAO. Thus, the report explains why the use of the precautionary principle in dealing with toxic chemicals is more relevant and is being pushed by independent scientists and public interest groups.

Methyl Bromide: Getting Ready for the Phase-Out
By PAN Philippines, PAN North America, and United Nations Environmental Programme

Around 97 percent of all produced Methyl Bromide, a substance that depletes the ozone layer, is used as a fumigant for pest control. This handbook outlines explains the general background to ozone depletion and the Montreal Protocol, examines the health effects and uses of Methyl Bromide, and describes alternatives currently in use or under development. It outlines the phase out of methyl bromide as an opportunity for developing to modernize their pest-control approaches.

Paraquat: Syngenta’s Controversial Herbicide download pdf file
By John Madeley, The Berne Declaration

Paraquat, already banned or severely restricted in some countries, is Syngenta’s most controversial herbicide. This report examines the record of corporate influence in the proliferation of Paraquat use in agrarian activities, particularly in developing countries. It addresses issues such as the health effects of pesticides in these countries and the related environmental concerns. The report questions the need for Paraquat, given the many alternatives available for weed control, and demands that Syngenta phases out the the promotion and sale of Paraquat products.

Impacts of Maneb and Mancozeb on Banana Plantation Workers in the Philippines
By Dr. Lyn Panganiban, Dr. Nelia Cortez-Maramba, et al. (University of the Philippines, National Poison Control Center, and the Department of Health)

Ethylenebisdithiocarbamates (EBDCs) such as maneb and mancozeb have been extensively used in Philippine banana plantations for the past 40 years. The study investigates the correlation between the levels of blood ETU and urinary ETU and the incidence of thyroid gland disorders among banana plantation workers in the Philippines.

Paraquat and Suicide
By PAN Germany

The highly toxic pesticide Paraquat is used as a major suicide agent in many developing countries

Paraquat Exposure and Parkinson’s Disease
By PAN Germany

Numerous studies reveal possible links between exposure to the pesticide Paraquat and the development of Parkinson’s Disease.

PANNA Report on Chemical Trespass

Many U.S. residents carry toxic pesticides in their bodies above government assessed "acceptable' levels, according to a report released today by Pesticide Action Network North America (PAN).

Chemical Trespass: Pesticides in Our Bodies and Corporate Accountability, makes public for the first time an analysis of pesticide-related data collected by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in a study of levels of chemicals in 9,282 people nationwide. The report reveals that government and industry have failed
to safeguard public health from pesticide exposures.

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