PN 82 - December 2008 E-mail


UK High Court rules to protect rural residents
After a seven year campaign culminating in a High Court case against the UK Government, Georgina Downs has won an historic victory. On 14 November the High Court ruled that the UK Government has systematically failed to protect rural residents from the effects of long term pesticide exposure. Nick Mole reports..

Ethiopian NGOs work to improve conditions for flower producers
In many countries increased revenue from flower production has come at a high price. Floriculture has been plagued by low standards of health and environmental safety including high pesticide use. Ethiopia’s new floriculture industry has the opportunity to learn from their mistakes. Tadesse Amera and Nigussu Aklilu describe how Ethiopian NGOs are working to ensure this happens.

Mixed progress on endosulfan at International Conventions
For many years labour and environmental activists, appalled by the spectre of continued endosulfan poisonings, have worked for its demise.

Kenyan floriculture leads the way
In a decade Kenya has trasnformed its burgeoning flower production industry. Instead of high pesticide and fertilizer inputs many flower farms now rely on predatory insects to control pests. Louise Labuschagne of the Real IPM Company follows their journey.

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Drift endangers school children and residents

For the second year in row, pesticides have been found in the air near a Florida elementary school. Children are routinely exposed to a toxic mix of pesticides, including endosulfan, a dangerous nerve poison banned in many parts of the world. Karl Tupper of PAN North America reports.

Can certification stop high soy pesticide use?
Soy cultivation is rapidly expanding to meet Europe’s demand for biofuel. Certification initiatives are being set up in an attempt to ensure environmental standards including minimisation of pesticide use. Stella Semino questions their effectiveness when soy is grown in large-scale monoculture with high yields the top priority.

Prevention, not profit, should drive pest management
Multi-nationals have driven pest management down a route of maximum corporate profit. In this year’s Rachel Carson Memorial Lecture Chuck Benbrook questions the wisdom of their strategies and advocates more integrated approaches to pest management.

Other News
• PAN Europe reveals highest ever levels of pesticides in foods
• Pesticides in grapes: illegal, unauthorised and unsafe
• Flowers – a tale of beauty and the beast

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