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Rural education can cut pesticide deaths - report

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27 February 2003

Rural education can cut pesticide deaths - report

Author: Reuters

Agrochemical giants must make amends for pesticide-caused deaths by funding rural education in the developing world and phasing out their most dangerous chemicals, an environmental group [Environmental Justice Foundation] said yesterday...Monsanto...says it makes the safety of communities where it operates its highest priority. It has spearheaded programmes in Indonesia and China that reduce pesticide usage through insect-resistant plants.

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1 January 2003

[PDF] [full report] What's your poison? Health threats posed by pesticides in developing countries

Author: Environmental Justice Foundation

An estimated three million reported cases of pesticide associated acute poisoning occur annually, resulting in 220,000 deaths. 99% of these occur in the developing world...[page 21 of report lists recommendations to the Agrochemical Industry, including: "Apply the same best practice standards in developing countries as are required in industrialised nations throughout pesticide products’ entire lifespans."]

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