Pesticides are PoisonJeff Conant | 2016
This selected material from Hesperian's Community Guide to Environmental Health provides detailed information about pesticides and addresses how to treat people in pesticide emergencies and reduce harm caused by pesticides. It also offers alternate pest control methods that do not use harmful chemicals. Also available in Spanish.
“Pesticides are one part of an unjust system that makes a few people richer and makes everyone else sick.”— Pesticides are Poison
Pesticides are never safe. They are chemicals designed to kill whatever they come in contact with, and we use them to kill insects, rodents, mold, and weeds. But they can also poison helpful plants and insects, pets and other animals, and people. This 40-page guide explains the health effects of pesticides, the symptoms of pesticide poisoning, alternatives to pesticides, how to reduce harm, especially if you work with pesticides, and how to read pesticide labels.
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— Miriam Aschkenasy, MD, MPH, Public Health Specialist, Oxfam America
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— Ingvar Andersson, former Head of Water Division, Swedish International Development Cooperation (Sida)
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— Maude Barlowe, Director and Co-Founder, Blue Planet Project; and National Chairperson, Council of Canadians
"A Community Guide to Environmental Health, another great book of the Hesperian Foundation on helping communities, especially poor and marginalized communities, is a welcome and very useful guide in addressing seemingly common but aggravating environmental health issues in the everyday lives of people that don’t have access to formal and expensive health care programs. This book offers inexpensive and practical and environment-friendly ways to handle health and environment problems in the home, workplace and in the community in general."
— Sonia Mendoza, Director, Mother Earth Foundation, Philippines