Circle of Poison: Pesticides and People in a Hungry World

Circle of Poison: Pesticides and People in a Hungry World


Circle of Poison: Pesticides and People in a Hungry World [EPUB] ✰ Circle of Poison: Pesticides and People in a Hungry World By David Weir – Larringtonlifecoaching.co.uk Every minute someone in the Third World becomes a victim of pesticide poisoning Circle of Poison documents the international marketing of restricted pesticides that leave a globe circling trail of sic Every minute someone in the Third Poison: Pesticides ePUB ✓ World becomes a victim of pesticide poisoning Circle of Poison documents the international marketing of restricted pesticides that leave a globe circling trail of sickness and death But the circle's victims are not silent Around the world people are fighting back.

  • Paperback
  • 112 pages
  • Circle of Poison: Pesticides and People in a Hungry World
  • David Weir
  • English
  • 20 May 2014
  • 9780935028096

About the Author: David Weir

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3 thoughts on “Circle of Poison: Pesticides and People in a Hungry World

  1. Wendy Bousfield Wendy Bousfield says:

    This admirable work of investigative reporting was published in 1981 after Rachel Carson’s SILENT SPRING 1962 had led to the banning of many hazardous agricultural chemicals in the US As Weir and Schapiro document however chemical companies continued to export these same chemicals to the third world countries that export food to the US Therefore while American farmers were banned from using such pesticides as DDT parathion malathion chlordane and aldrin America routinely imported fruits and vegetables laced with these substances Though its enforcement activities have always been inadeuately funded the EPA was able to ban the SALE of hazardous agricultural chemicals at home It was prohibited however from ordering US manufacturers to cease production of any pesticide as long as it was destined for overseas use Though chemical companies argued that they were helping to feed the world’s hungry Weir and Schapiro maintain that Third World farmers used pesticides to produce the flawless produce demanded by US markets Illiterate workers were “seldom told how the pesticides could hurt them” 7Jimmy Carter had agreed to STUDY the effects of the export of hazardous chemicals to third world countries However in 1981 when CIRCLE OF POISON was published the Reagan administration ended even tentative attempts at regulating chemical companies In the 1970’s when CIRCLE OF POISON was written gene splicing was of course unknown Weir and Schapiro do however document those actions by agrochemical corporations that led to the prodigious threat big agriculture poses to the environment in the 21st century In the 1970’s large agrochemical companies began buying seed companies Monsato infamous today for genetically modified seeds and ruthless legal maneuvers as well as Union Carbide Sandoz Upjohn and others began selling hybrid seeds far less resistant to insect pests than heirlooms Hybrids needed large doses of pesticides to thrive With seeds for food crops controlled by large chemical companies genetic diversity was reduced In the 21st century the problem has escalated genetically engineered plants resistant to both herbicides and pesticides have encouraged farmers to use chemicals liberally without fear of damaging fruits and vegetablesCIRCLE OF POISON was written before the Bhopal disaster 1984 caused when a poorly maintained Union Carbide pesticide plant in India released toxic gas that killed and injured thousands Among David Weir’s subseuent publications is THE BHOPAL SYNDROME PESTICIDES ENVIRONMENT AND HEALTH 1987 Mark Schapiro has also continued investigative reporting on the environment and economics Among his publications is EXPOSED THE TOXIC CHEMISTRY OF EVERYDAY PRODUCTS AND WHAT’S AT STAKE FOR AMERICAN POWER 2009 Because I admire both authors for their exhaustive research and outraged passion I will watch for their writings At the end of CIRCLE OF POISON Weir and Schapiro argue that the only way to end corporate victimization is for Americans to recognize our common bonds with citizens of “poor countries” “The reality of global corporate power here reflected in the pesticide trade forces us to seek solutions involving new ways of working with third world people for a worldwide redistribution of economic power We must begin to see third world people not as a burden or a threat but as allies” 70

  2. P.S. Carrillo P.S. Carrillo says:

    Written over 35 years ago this book is another terrifying reminder of how evil and hopelessly currupt the central banks corporations and governments that give them legal cover truly are The dominance of the oil and chemical industry and the deadly poisons they profit from is unforgivable The chemical compounds created by Nazi scientists then imported to the US are the basis of our sophisticated ag industry and we are all ingesting the toxins daily The air soil food water and all of the daily products we use as consumers are loaded with poisons As Vandana Shiva has saidwe are still consuming the legacy of WW2 The nightmare it seems will never be over until we are all dead

  3. Tara Tara says:

    I had to read this for AP Environmental Science nad this book makes me so frustrated It repeats itself and is extremely depressing Don't read it

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