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HUMAN HEALTH, ENVIRONMENTAL & ANIMAL IMPACTS OF PESTICIDES IN GENERAL, & ORGANOPHOSPHATES IN PARTICULAR, INCLUDING ROUNDUP

HUMAN HEALTH, ENVIRONMENTAL & ANIMAL IMPACTS OF PESTICIDES IN GENERAL, & ORGANOPHOSPHATES IN PARTICULAR, INCLUDING ROUNDUP
By Murray Thompson (BAppSci Environmental Health 1998, University of Western Sydney)

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1.0 HUMAN HEALTH IMPACTS

1.1 Pesticides Affect Health & Behavior
Pesticides promote the classic symptom of abdominal pain in children (Dr. B. Grabau, 2005, pers. comm.), or, “non-specific abdominal gastric pain” (Dr. B. Grabau, 2005, Private Medical Report). This means that many aches and pains children get may not simply just be “normal”.

This represents a significant problem with regard to herbicide and pesticide use in that mild to moderate pesticide poisoning symptoms can be easily misdiagnosed as stomach-flu, bronchitis or asthma (Reeves, Schafer, Hallward & Katten 1999:17).

“Even severe pesticide poisoning in infants has been misdiagnosed as aneurysm, head trauma, diabetic acidosis, severe bacterial gastroenteritis, pneumonia and whooping cough” (Reeves, Schafer, Hallward & Katten 1999:17, citing Solomon & Mott 1998; Zweinerd & Ginsburg 1988).

Further, pesticide poisoning impacts on the mind. It can lead to aggressive behaviour and delinquency in teens (Hatherill, 1999; Tvedten, 1999, 2002:2). We should here consider pesticides’ contribution to road rage and other attacks, along with the influence of pollution in general on, particularly urban societies.

1.2 Pesticides Are Deadly & Deforming
“Hundreds of thousands of people are dying around the world each year from the effects of the use, or misuse, of pesticides” (Konradsen, et al., 2003).

And when death is avoided, we still find crippling impacts in the form of cancer, foetal death, miscarriages, and premature births (NCAP, 1999:3; Bonn, 2005; Cox, 2004).” In fact, pesticides are strongly linked to birth defects (Montague, 2001).

1.3 Rising Rates Of Disease
“Doctors at a weekend conference in Winnipeg say there is a disturbing trend when it comes to the rising rate of certain cancers. They say pesticides are to blame for the increase – especially in childhood cancers” (Sinclair & Pressinger, no date, citing Winnipeg CBC News – June 7, 2004).

“Exposure to herbicides (weed killers) before the age of one is linked to a more than four-fold increase in childhood asthma” (BeyondPesticides.org 2008, citing Boise, et al. 2004).

However, cancer and asthma is not enough for this blighted form of chemical technology: “Pesticide exposures seem to give rise to Parkinson’s (REHN #635) – a horrible degenerative disease of the nervous system. Pesticide exposures diminish children’s memory, physical stamina, coordination, and [the] ability to carry out simple tasks like drawing a stick figure of a human being. (See REHN #648.) Pesticide exposures seem to make children more aggressive. Pesticide exposures seem to contribute to the epidemic of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) that has swept through U.S. children in recent years (See REHN #678.)” (Montague 2001). See: https://poisonedpeople1.files.wordpress.com/2012/09/what-the-hell-are-we-doing.jpg for an image depicting the toxics our children are exposed to.

1.4 Pesticide, Agriculture, Glyphosate & Human Disease/Neurobehavioral Deficits
A “study showed there was approximately [a] 2-fold greater risk of having a
stillbirth if the mother lived within 1 mile from an agricultural area which used
organophosphate – pyrethroid – carbamate – or chlorinated pesticides” (Sinclair & Pressinger, no date, citing Bell, et al., 2001).

And, further, in terms of organophosphates: Glyphosate… is a non-selective, systematic herbicide. This organophosphate compound is the active ingredient in the weedkiller Roundup (Royal Society of Chemistry 2009).

“Many organophosphates are also associated with irritation of the skin and upper respiratory tract… There have been reports of deficits in memory and abstraction on test batteries and subclinical decreases in vibrotactile sensitivity in
workers recovering from organophosphate poisoning… Among workers who apply organophosphates but have not suffered poisoning episodes, some studies have shown similar types of subclinical neurobehavioural deficits and subclinical electroencephalographic abnormalities…” (O’Malley 1997).

Further, Glyphosate can have high acute inhalation toxicity (extoxnet.orst.edu 1996), can cause diarrhoea, shortness of breath, vomiting and weakness (pesticideinfo.org 2010), and has teratogenic (monster-making) effects in animals (Paganelli et.al. 2010).

“Two separate studies in Sweden have linked exposure to Glyphosate to Hairy Cell Leukemia and Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. These types of cancers were extremely rare, however Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is the most rapidly increasing cancer in the Western world. It has risen by 73% in the USA since 1973. Another study has found a higher incidence of Parkinson disease amongst farmers who used herbicides, including glyphosate” (Leu, 2007 citing Cox, 1998; Lehmann & Pengue, 2000; Nordstrom, et al., 1998; Hardell & Eriksson, 1999).

“Various epidemiological studies have demonstrated that individuals exposed to a single large toxic dose, or to small subclinical doses, of organophosphorus compounds have developed a chronic neurotoxicity that persists for years after exposure and is distinct from both cholinergic and OPIDN effects… Our review of the literature indicated that these studies describe a nervous system disorder induced by organophosphorous compounds which involves neuronal degeneration and subsequent neurological, neurobehavioral, and neuropsychological consequences” (Abou-Donia, 2003).

“OPs can persist in the environment for long periods of time. Indeed, OPs are detected in soils years after application… conditions can occur in soil where OPs are preserved and transferred to humans through food. A review of the literature shows that OPs are highly toxic and that human exposure is undesirable. Evidence suggests that OPs are mutagenic and teratogenic and that a large number of modern-day diseases of the nervous and immune system of mammals can be linked to these pesticides. These include BSE (mad cows disease), CJD, Gulf War syndrome, Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis, arguing for a thorough examination of the environmental fate and toxicology of OPs as well as their use” (Ragnarsdottir 2000).

Further still: “The possibility that organophosphorus (OP) compounds contribute to motor neuron disease (MND) is supported by association of paraoxonase 1 polymorphisms with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and the occurrence of MND in OP compound-induced delayed neuropathy (OPIDN), in which neuropathy target esterase (NTE) is inhibited by organophosphorylation” (Rainier, et. al., 2008).

“Other studies show that glyphosate and commercial herbicides containing glyphosate cause a range of cell mutations and damage to cell DNA. These types of changes are usually regarded as precursors to cancer and birth defects” (Leu, 2007; my emphasis).

Roundup causes genetic mutations in cell tests (NCAP, 2000:2, citing Vigfusson & Vyse, 1980; Kale et al., 1995; Rank et al., 1993) and is linked to Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma (Cox, 2004; Vachani, 2007), miscarriages and Attention Deficit Disorder (Cox, 2004).

Roundup contains surfactants that are acutely toxic to humans and animals, even potentially causing death in humans (Cox, 1993:4, citing Sawada, et al., 1988; and Talbot, 1991).

It is “a known carcinogen, neurotoxin, irritant, and has been found to kill human embryonic cells, and can cause kidney and liver damage” (BeyondPesticides.org 2012).

“Now the Lymphoma Foundation of America has pulled together and summarized in a 49-page booklet all the available studies of the relationship between lymphoma and pesticides… Of the 99 human studies, 75 indicate a connection between exposure to pesticides and lymphomas… The Lymphoma Foundation’s booklet lists 12 ways that most of us are routinely exposed to pesticides in our daily lives even if we use no pesticides in our homes: routine spraying of apartments, condos, offices (and the associated lawns), public buildings and public spaces (parks, green spaces alongside highways, power line rights of way), and in motels, hotels, and restaurants…” (Montague, 2001).
2.0 ENVIRONMENTAL & ANIMAL-DISEASE IMPACTS

2.1 Pesticide Spray Drift Waste & Damage
“Glyphosate spray drift from both ground and aerial applications has been measured from 400 to 800 meters from the target site… Drift that is one thousand times less than the usual application rates has been shown to damage surrounding vegetation, including the killing of wild plants. This is an important reason why it should not be used in national parks and environmentally sensitive areas for weed control” (Leu 2007).

2.2 Glyphosate Environmental Toxicity
Glyphosate [Roundup] is persistent (NCAP, 2000:2, citing US EPA, 1993-2) and may last up to 3 years (NCAP, 2000:2, citing Torstensson et al., 1989), while its metabolite, AMPA [aminomethylphosphonic acid], may persist even longer, “with a half life in soil between 119 and 958 days” (Buffin & Jewell, 2001, citing WHO, 1994).

Glyphosate is toxic to fish, aquatic organisms, soil life (including earthworms, mycorrhizal fungi, nitrogen-fixing bacteria, micro-organisms and arthropods), plants (through disease susceptibility), and beneficial insect species (Leu, 2007; van der Werf, 1996). As well, “Glyphosate is also harmful to the environment, particularly aquatic life and water quality and has been linked to intersex frogs, and is lethal to amphibians in concentrations found in the environment” (BeyondPesticides.org 2012).

“Studies show a reduction in the species that build humus, thus [glyphosate] contributes to the decline in soil organic matter” (Leu 2007).

2.3 Roundup Leading The Way Into An Era Of Animal/Plant Pandemics & Herbicide-Resistant Weeds
Roundup has been heavily implicated in thyroid, liver and pancreatic tumours in test animals (Cox, 1993:4, citing Dykstra & Ghali, 1991). Roundup is also now shockingly linked to Mad Cow’s Disease (Rotella 2003), and to an increase in plant diseases (gmwatch.org 2010).

As if these issues were not problem enough: “Leading weed scientists are urgently appealing to Australia’s farmers to switch to an integrated weed management (IWM) system as the country records its third glyphosate-resistant weed” (ScienceAlert 2008, citing CRC For Australian Weed Management 2003). Our convenient herbicide “magic bullets” have turned back on us!

“The current massive reliance on glyphosate, which has been promoted by the rapid adoption by U.S. farmers of genetically engineered (GE) corn, soybeans and cotton, is a key factor in this epidemic of herbicide-resistant weeds. A report released in November of 2009, for instance, found that since the first 13 years of commercial use of GE crops, they have been responsible for an increase of 383 million pounds of herbicide use in the U.S. (1996-2008)”.

“In Southern states, horseweed, ryegrass and pigweed are a concern for soybean farmers, while horseweed and volunteer Roundup Ready soybeans have become problem weeds for Mississippi rice. In Australia, weed scientists have now documented cases of glyphosate resistance in rigid ryegrass across large areas and are encountering it in other weed species in different parts of the world” (BeyondPesticides.org 2012).
3.0 CONCLUSION

Pesticides in general and organophosphates and Roundup in particular are unqualified slate-wipers of normal life processes in soil, in plants and in humans and, as such, represent a chemically-mediated EXTINCTION LEVEL EVENT. We are all being poisoned slowly into oblivion. See: http://indiegogo.com/poisoned-people for my particular intersection with pesticides and its impact on my and my son’s lives.

Murray Thompson (BAppSci Environmental Health 1998, Hons I Social Ecology 1999, University of Western Sydney) (http://poisoningandlegalaction.com.au; http://murraythompsongraphics.x90x.net; poisonedpeople@gmail.com)
4.0 REFERENCES

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Boise, P., et al., 2004, ‘GreenCare for Children. Measuring Environmental Hazards in the Childcare Industry: Pesticides, Lead, and Indoor Air Quality’, Community Environmental Council. 2004.

Bonn, D. (Dorothy) 2005 [Online], ‘Roundup Revelation: Weed Killer Adjuvants May Boost Toxicity’, http://www.ehponline.org/docs/2005/113-6/ss.html; accessed: 14 Sept. 2009.

Buffin, D.(David) & Jewel, T. (Topsy), 2001, Health and environmental impacts of glyphosate: The implications of increased use of glyphosate in association with genetically modified crops; the Pesticide Action Network UK.

Cox, C. 1993, ‘Biotechnology and Agricultural Pesticide Use: An Interaction Between Genes and Poisons’, Journal of Pesticide Reform, Vol. 13, No. 3 (Fall), NCAP, PO Box 1393, Eugene, OR 97440, USA.

Cox, C. 1998, JOURNAL OF PESTICIDE REFORM, Fall 1998, Vol.18, No. 3.; Updated 01-02, Northwest Coalition Against Pesticides, Eugene, Oregon.

Cox, C. 2004 [Online], ‘Herbicide Factsheet: Glyphosate’, Journal Of Pesticide Reform/ Winter 2004, Vol. 24, No. 4, Northwest Coalition For Alternatives To Pesticides/NCAP, P.O. Box 1393, Eugene, Oregon 97440 USA / (541)344-5044 / http://www.pesticide.org; accessed: 2005.

CRC For Australian Weed Management 2003, Search: glyphosate?resistant weed; http://www.weedscrc.org.au/index_flash.html; accessed: 20 Sept. 2008.

Dykstra, W. & Ghali, G.Z. 1991, ‘Second peer review of glyphosate. Memo to R. Taylor and L. Rossi’, US EPA Office of Pesticides and Toxic Substances, Health Effects Division, Washington, D.C.

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gmwatch.org 2010 [Online], “Brazil battles spread of “mad soy disease””; Source: http://www.gmwatch.org/latest-listing/1-news-items/12554-brazil-battles-spread-of-qmad-soy-diseaseq, accessed: 21 Sept. 2012.

Hardell L. & Eriksson M. 1999, ‘A Case-Control Study of Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma and exposure to Pesticides’, CANCER Vol.85, No. 6 (March 15, 1999).

Hatherill, J.R. (Dr.) 1999 [Online], ARE TODAY’S TEENS MORE TOXIC?, Chicago Tribune, Chicago, Ill; Jun 15, 1999; pg. 19; and http://www.veg.ca/lifelines/sepoc99/teens.htm; accessed: 2006.

Kale, et al., 1995, ‘Mutagenicity testing of nine herbicides and pesticides currently used in agriculture’, Environ. Mol. Mutagen. 25:148-153.

Lehmann V. & Pengue W. 2000, ‘Herbicide Tolerant Soybean: Just another step in a technology treadmill?’, Biotechnology and Development Monitor. September 2000.

Leu, A. 2007, ‘Monsanto’s Toxic Herbicide Glyphosate: A Review of its Health and Environmental Effects’, Organic Consumers Association, http://www.organicconsumers.org/, accessed: July 17, 2008.

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Paganelli, A. (Alejandra), Gnazzo, V. (Victoria), Acosta, H. (Helena), Lopez, S.L. (Silvia), & Carrasco, A.E. (Andres) [Laboratorio de Embriologia Molecular, CONICET-UBA, Facultad de Medicina, Universidad de Buenos Aires, Paraguay 2155, 3° piso (1121), Ciudad Autonoma de Buenos Aires, Argentina] 2010 [Online], “Glyphosate-Based Herbicides Produce Teratogenic Effects on Vertebrates by Impairing Retinoic Acid Signaling” in Chem. Res. Toxicol., 2010, 23 (10), pp 1586–1595; DOI: 10.1021/tx1001749; Publication Date (Web): August 9, 2010; Copyright © 2010 American Chemical Society; Source: http://pubs.acs.org/doi/abs/10.1021/tx1001749, accessed: 21 Sept. 2012.

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Ragnarsdottir, K. Vala 2000, ‘Environmental fate and toxicology of organophosphate pesticides’, Journal of the Geological Society; July 2000; v. 157; no. 4; p. 859-876 © 2000 Geological Society of London.

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Reeves, M., Schafer, K., Hallward, K. & Katten, A. 1999, Fields of Poison: California Farmworkers and Pesticides, Pesticide Action Network North America Regional Center, California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation, United Farm Workers of America and Californians for Pesticide Reform (Publishers).

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This Essay is also located at: http://poisoningandlegalaction.com.au/human-health-and-pesticides.htm or http://poisoningandlegalaction.com.au/reports/human-health-and-pesticides.htm.

WHAT ARE WE DOING TO THIS WORLD AT THE BEHEST OF TOXIC TECHNOLOGIES?

WHAT ARE WE DOING TO THIS WORLD AT THE BEHEST OF TOXIC TECHNOLOGIES & UN-EXAMINED (GREEDY & ENTIRELY PROFIT & CORPORATE ADVANTAGE-BASED) CONCEPTS?

By Murray Thompson (BAppSci Environmental Health 1998, University of Western Sydney)

http://poisoningandlegalaction.com.au
http://indiegogo.com/poisoned-people
http://murraythompsongraphics.x90x.net
http://www.causes.com/poisonedpeople
http://www.change.org/profiles/poisoned-people
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/the-human-right-to-no-pesticide-poisoning

Essay URL:  https://poisonedpeople1.wordpress.com/2012/11/07/side-effects-of-profit-based-food-production-population-control-the-unexamined-genocide-of-everything-by-industrialists
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And the 1976 Seveso disaster in Italy where “due to the release of dioxins into the atmosphere and throughout a large section of the Lombard Plain, 3,000 pets and farm animals died and, later, 70,000 animals were slaughtered to prevent dioxins from entering the food chain”.

And the 1986 “Sandoz disaster in Schweizerhalle, Switzerland, releasing tons of toxic agrochemicals into the Rhine”.

And the 2012 Karachi, Pakistan industrial disaster that saw 289 people die (“workers were suffocated or burnt alive”).

And the Port Chicago munitions explosion of 1944.

And the 1962 Centralia, Pennsylvania coal mine fire (still burning today!).

And Challenger, and the faulty levees of New Orleans (Hurricane Katrina) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/).

And when waste dumps leak (http://poisoningandlegalaction.com.au/castlereagh/Toxic-Chemical-Leakage-Outside-Waste-Depot.pdf).

And… my son’s and my (http://indiegogo.com/poisoned-people) pesticide poisoning.

And everyones else’s pesticide poisoning (“HUMAN HEALTH, ENVIRONMENTAL AND ANIMAL IMPACTS OF PESTICIDES IN GENERAL, AND ORGANOPHOSPHATES IN PARTICULAR, INCLUDING GLYPHOSATE” at https://poisonedpeople1.wordpress.com/).

Further, and even more insidiously than our above-noted dreamstate, is the fully conscious and willful LEGAL (see: http://indiegogo.com/the-good-samaritan), MEDICAL, CORPORATE and GOVERNMENT hiding of real knowledge that would help to protect us from toxic dangers! These irresponsible authorities, corrupted as they are by industrial vested interests, cannot imagine fully identifying our techological woes for what they are, so utterly intertwined with the modern fabric of life are they! Our “protectors” see the repudiation of bad technology and a full accounting of our insidious techno impact on our natural environment as an introduction to smaller paypackets, and perhaps even some form of immediately uncomfortable and undesirable social chaos (large protests over the discovery of the extent of the toxic coverups?).

Deception and ignorance are commodities that are historically “chaos in the bank”, accruing a very deadly form of degenerate ‘interest’ that typically plays out at the end of civilizations: “History shows that degeneration of the criminal justice system contributes greatly to the downfall of states, and is a sign of rot within a political system” (Aulich 2006).

So, we continue to embrace (and are encouraged to embrace) what is also strangling us. And in so completely embracing technology, natural dynamics have been muted and cast far away from us. We have therefore lost ourselves on the treadmill of science. Further, as blatantly obvious our loss of a direct communion with Nature is to so many, and as blatantly catastrophic as the cascade of techno nightmares that confront us is, we still — given the “sins of omission/neglect” deficiencies of Human Nature and the “sins of commission” deceptions of industry and government — tend to ignore the catastrophes in favour of a now tattered hope in scientific salvation. Such are the repetitions of human thought at the ends of ages.

A degenerating civilization indeed: we the people are so paralyzed by our contradictory and conflictual relationship with technology that “we are monitoring our own extinction” (Prof. Stuart Hill, University of Western Sydney 1999, pers. comm.).

But it is time now for us to grow up and be mature and wise and understand that our now dull hopes in toxic technology are funded by mis-information from luminaries that are stationed at our radio, in our governments and regulatory bodies, inside our legal and medical systems, on our TVs and throughout the Internet by corrupt and civilization-destroying industrial vested interests.

REFERENCES

Aulich, S. [Graduate of the Lazarski School of Commerce and Law in Warsaw (Master of Laws) and the George Washington University Law School (LL.M.)] 2006 [online]. THE CORROSION OF THE AMERICAN CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, in The Europen Courier, September 23, 2006. Source: http://europeancourier.org/CriminalJustice_9_23_06.htm; accessed:
25th April 2010.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ 2012 [Online], Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_industrial_disasters; accessed: 3 Oct. 2012.

SIDE-EFFECTS OF PROFIT-BASED FOOD PRODUCTION & POPULATION CONTROL: THE UNEXAMINED GENOCIDE OF EVERYTHING BY INDUSTRIALISTS

SIDE-EFFECTS OF PROFIT-BASED FOOD PRODUCTION & POPULATION CONTROL: THE UNEXAMINED GENOCIDE OF EVERYTHING BY INDUSTRIALISTS
By Murray Thompson (BAppSci Environmental Health 1998, University of Western Sydney)

http://poisoningandlegalaction.com.au
http://indiegogo.com/poisoned-people
http://murraythompsongraphics.x90x.net
http://www.causes.com/poisonedpeople
http://www.change.org/profiles/poisoned-people
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/the-human-right-to-no-pesticide-poisoning

Essay URL:  https://poisonedpeople1.wordpress.com/2012/11/07/
Short link:  http://wp.me/p2DVqC-3t

Varieties of localized and empire-extended civil and military dictatorships have typically ruled over peoples in times past and still do today, despite the fairly recent aberration of government that many of us in the West have grown up with: ‘democracies’ that pretend to be genuine democracies. However, times do change. Corporate industry now boasts vast financial resources, and it uses that new world power to play God in the re-structuring of the entire agricultural, business, population and ecological morphology of this Planet.

A New World Order sees vaccine intrigues, stampeding GMO and herbicide innovations and monolithic and draconian factory farming at the heart of excruciatingly fascist corporate notions of world domination. And these main causes and effects produce side-effects, with one of the most notable being global GMO and pesticide pollution and poisoning on an unimagineable scale. What we are witnessing in this modern era is the forcible alchemic turning of an entire Planet into a profit-based Holocaust experiment: a global pesticide gas chamber and massive Frankenstein genetics waste receptacle.

So, what does this mean to all of us locally? “New European pesticides legislation (article 3, paragraph 14 [http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2009:309:0001:01:EN:HTML]) now recognises that residents living in the locality of sprayed fields are “subject to high pesticide exposure over the long term” (Downs 2012).

Also: “Things are worse than Rachel Carson might ever have dreaded and will certainly get worse yet before there is any hope of improvement. Will any of us have the quiet, dignified, deeply intelligent courage that lay behind her work? Capitalism cannot change track. It is condemned to measuring success and failure in terms of profit and loss” (Don 2012). That being profit and loss that is interpreted in a global market and workforce context and planned for in terms of a New World Order. It is a regime where, it is assumed, power can generate predictable order and profit. Strangely though, those elites who worship at the feet of this power do not appear to understand that utter chaos is the inevitable outcome of every forcing of that anti-Nature governmental, legal, military and, especially, TECHNOLOGICAL control (all for the sake of that faithless anti-Nature sense of control).

And so, while the globalists connive, while industry advertises, and while we still bask in a somewhat unsettling reflected trust in all things science (when we trust in science, the scientists, industries and governments smile back at us…), the slate-wiping effects of science continue: “Hundreds of thousands of people are dying around the world each year from the effects of the use, or misuse, of pesticides” (Konradsen, et al., 2003).

How many? “…Georgina Downs from Sussex who has run a vigorous campaign for over a decade to highlight the dangers of pesticides… estimated in a 2008 World Bank report to kill 355,000 people worldwide each year” (Metcalf 2012).

“So, 50 years on from Silent Spring, why has there been such a lack of action on pesticides?” (Downs 2012). Is it partly because we are too busy living at the speed of life? And working and paying out for what technology says we must own? That we are anesthetized in a type of mesmerized awe at the tangible and “goodies” boon end of technology? That all this distracts us so effectively that we can easily and weakly accept an almost silent capitulation to a largely invisible pesticide horror? And, given that the persistent barking of advertising confronts us with ever more “improved” techno goodies and technological fixes, can’t that easy distraction, forgetfulness and capitulation even extend our dreamstate further into an utter obscenity of apathetic characterlessness, the worst possible waste of a human mind other than conscious and wilfull evil? And on that broad point of the wilfull denial of the truth of toxicant cause and effect (whether the aberration be man-made pesticides and direct human poisoning or man-induced tick over-population through the disturbance of Nature via environmental replacement) I can apply this generously wise quote originally applied to Lyme disease: “one of the most shameful episodes in the history of medicine because elements of academic medicine, elements of government and virtually the entire insurance industry have colluded to deny a disease” (Liegner 2010).

What of:

BHOPAL: a gas leak disaster in India, “one of the world’s worst industrial disasters”. Potentially, “3,787 deaths related to the gas release”.

THREE-MILE ISLAND: “a partial nuclear meltdown…” that occurred “in Dauphin County, Pennsylvania”, USA.

CHERNOBYL: “a catastrophic nuclear accident…” contaminating “much of Western USSR and Europe… [where] long-term effects such as cancers and deformities are still being accounted for”.

MEXICAN GULF OIL SPILL: “An oil spill… which flowed unabated for three months in 2010, and may be continuing to seep… It is the largest accidental marine oil spill in the history of the petroleum industry…” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/)

GMO WHEAT AND BARLEY: An altered protein GM wheat variety could cause serious liver problems, according to some scientists. Enzyme inhibition in the two crops could translate into glycogen inhibition in humans, and could lead to death by age 5 in children born without this enzyme working (Huff 2012).

GMO SOY: Hamsters fed on a GM soy diet suffered growth problems, high pup mortality and sterility, with the third generation growing hair inside their mouths (Smith 2010).

GMO CORN: Rats fed GM corn and trace amounts of Monsanto’s herbicide Roundup suffered huge tumours, organ damage and premature death (Adams 2012).

And Fukushima; and 911; and the Exxon Valdez oil spill: “25 to 32 million US gallons” of oil spilled in some estimates (and the Torrey Canyon and Amoco Cadiz).

And the Piper Alpha North Sea oil platform disaster.

And the “Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire in New York City” in 1911 (more than 100 died).

And the “Kader Toy Factory fire” in Thailand in 1993 (188 workers died, mostly young women).

And the 1906 “Courrières mine disaster in Courrières, France” which killed 1,099 workers.

And the “Benxihu Colliery disaster in Benxi, Liaoning, China” which killed 1,549 workers.

And the “Baia Mare cyanide spill” in Romania which is considered “the worst environmental disaster in Europe since Chernobyl”, released “100,000 tons of cyanide contaminated water”.

And the Oppau fertilizer explosion in Germany in 1921 “killing 500–600 people and injuring about 2,000 more”.

And the 1947 Texas City Disaster where ” minimum of 578 people lost their lives and another 3,500 were injured”.

And the 1976 Seveso disaster in Italy where “due to the release of dioxins into the atmosphere and throughout a large section of the Lombard Plain, 3,000 pets and farm animals died and, later, 70,000 animals were slaughtered to prevent dioxins from entering the food chain”.

And the 1986 “Sandoz disaster in Schweizerhalle, Switzerland, releasing tons of toxic agrochemicals into the Rhine”.

And the 2012 Karachi, Pakistan industrial disaster that saw 289 people die (“workers were suffocated or burnt alive”).

And the Port Chicago munitions explosion of 1944.

And the 1962 Centralia, Pennsylvania coal mine fire (still burning today!).

And Challenger, and the faulty levees of New Orleans (Hurricane Katrina) (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/).

And when waste dumps leak (http://poisoningandlegalaction.com.au/castlereagh/Toxic-Chemical-Leakage-Outside-Waste-Depot.pdf).

And… my son’s and my (http://indiegogo.com/poisoned-people) pesticide poisoning.

And everyones else’s pesticide poisoning (“HUMAN HEALTH, ENVIRONMENTAL AND ANIMAL IMPACTS OF PESTICIDES IN GENERAL, AND ORGANOPHOSPHATES IN PARTICULAR, INCLUDING GLYPHOSATE” at https://poisonedpeople1.wordpress.com/).

Further, and even more insidiously than our above-noted dreamstate, is the fully conscious and willful LEGAL (see: http://indiegogo.com/the-good-samaritan), MEDICAL, CORPORATE and GOVERNMENT hiding of real knowledge that would help to protect us from toxic dangers! These irresponsible authorities, corrupted as they are by industrial vested interests, cannot imagine fully identifying our techological woes for what they are, so utterly intertwined with the modern fabric of life are they! Our “protectors” see the repudiation of bad technology and a full accounting of our insidious techno impact on our natural environment as an introduction to smaller paypackets, and perhaps even some form of immediately uncomfortable and undesirable social chaos (large protests over the discovery of the extent of the toxic coverups?).

Deception and ignorance are commodities that are historically “chaos in the bank”, accruing a very deadly form of degenerate ‘interest’ that typically plays out at the end of civilizations: “History shows that degeneration of the criminal justice system contributes greatly to the downfall of states, and is a sign of rot within a political system” (Aulich 2006).

So, we continue to embrace (and are encouraged to embrace) what is also strangling us. And in so completely embracing technology, natural dynamics have been muted and cast far away from us. We have therefore lost ourselves on the treadmill of science. Further, as blatantly obvious our loss of a direct communion with Nature is to so many, and as blatantly catastrophic as the cascade of techno nightmares that confront us is, we still — given the “sins of omission/neglect” deficiencies of Human Nature and the “sins of commission” deceptions of industry and government — tend to ignore the catastrophes in favour of a now tattered hope in scientific salvation. Such are the repetitions of human thought at the ends of ages.

A degenerating civilization indeed: we the people are so paralyzed by our contradictory and conflictual relationship with technology that “we are monitoring our own extinction” (Prof. Stuart Hill, University of Western Sydney 1999, pers. comm.).

But it is time now for us to grow up and be mature and wise and understand that our now dull hopes in toxic technology are funded by mis-information from luminaries that are stationed at our radio, in our governments and regulatory bodies, inside our legal and medical systems, on our TVs and throughout the Internet by corrupt and civilization-destroying industrial vested interests.
REFERENCES

Adams, M. [Mike] 2012 [Online]. “New GMO study: Rats fed lifetime of GM corn grow tumors, 70% of females die early”, Alex Jones’ InfoWars.com, September 19, 2012. Source: http://www.infowars.com/new-gmo-study-rats-fed-lifetime-of-gm-corn-grow-tumors-70-of-females-die-early/; accessed 20th Sept. 2012.

Aulich, S. [Graduate of the Lazarski School of Commerce and Law in Warsaw (Master of Laws) and the George Washington University Law School (LL.M.)] 2006 [online]. THE CORROSION OF THE AMERICAN CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, in The Europen Courier, September 23, 2006. Source: http://europeancourier.org/CriminalJustice_9_23_06.htm; accessed:
25th April 2010.

Don, M. [Monty: gardening broadcaster & Soil Association president (http://www.soilassociation.org/aboutus/whoweare/president)%5D 2012 [Online]. Quote in Leo Hickman’s article: “What is the legacy of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring?”, The Eco Audit with Leo Hickman, The Guardian, Thursday 27 September 2012. Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/global/blog/2012/sep/27/rachel-carson-silent-spring-legacy; accessed: 2 Oct. 2012.

Downs, G. [Georgina (UK Pesticides Campaign: http://www.pesticidescampaign.co.uk/)%5D 2012 [Online]. Quote in Leo Hickman’s article: “What is the legacy of Rachel Carson’s Silent Spring?”, The Eco Audit with Leo Hickman, The Guardian, Thursday 27 September 2012. Source: http://www.guardian.co.uk/global/blog/2012/sep/27/rachel-carson-silent-spring-legacy; accessed: 2 Oct. 2012.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/ 2012 [Online], Wikipedia The Free Encyclopedia. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_industrial_disasters; accessed: 3 Oct. 2012.

Huff, E.A. [Ethan, Staff Writer at Natural News.com] 2012 [Online]. “Children born to parents who eat GM wheat may DIE before age five, warn scientists”; Source: http://www.naturalnews.com/037261_GM_wheat_liver_failure_fatalities.html#ixzz28mmKFkht; accessed: 9 October 2012.

Konradsen, F., van der Hoek., W., Cole, D.C., Hutchinson, G., Daisley, H., Singh, S., & Eddleston, M. 2003, ‘Reducing acute poisoning in developing countries—options for restricting the availability of pesticides’, Toxicology 192 (2003) 249-261.

Liegner, K.B. [Kenneth] 2010 [Online]. “LYMEPOLICYWONK: Speaking Truth to Power: Dr. Liegner Lays it Out for the IOM”; LymeDisease.org. Source: http://lymedisease.org/news/lymepolicywonk/554.html; accessed: 5 Oct. 2012.

Metcalf, M. [Mark] 2012 [Online]. “Masking the truth – are residents of Billinge being made ill by pesticides in crop spray”; Fighting Talk by Mark Metcalf, published: WEDNESDAY, 3 OCTOBER 2012; Source: http://writemark.blogspot.com.au/2012/10/masking-truth-are-residents-of-billinge.html?spref=fb; accessed: 5 Oct. 2012.

Smith, J.M. 2010 [Online]. “Genetically Modified Soy Linked to Sterility, Infant Mortality in Hamsters”, HUFF POST GREEN (The Huffington Post, April 20th 2010). Source: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/jeffrey-smith/genetically-modified-soy_b_544575.html; accessed: 3 Oct. 2012.

The Human Right To NO PESTICIDE POISONING!

TITLE (Note: This is an online Campaign)
The Human Right To NO PESTICIDE POISONING!

By Murray Thompson (BAppSci Environmental Health 1998; Hons I Social Ecology 1999, University of Western Sydney)

http://poisoningandlegalaction.com.au
http://poisonedpeople.com
http://murraythompsongraphics.x90x.net
http://www.causes.com/poisonedpeople
http://www.change.org/profiles/poisoned-people
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/the-human-right-to-no-pesticide-poisoning

Essay URL:  https://poisonedpeople1.wordpress.com/2012/11/07/the-human-right-to-no-pesticide-poisoning

Short link:  http://wp.me/p2DVqC-3o

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http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/the-human-right-to-no-pesticide-poisoning

SIGNATURE TARGET
500,000

PETITION TEXT

INTRODUCTION

The ‘legal’ right to freely enforce pesticide applications (without fear of prosecution and charges of negligence and disability discrimination) is currently being stitched up globally, and particularly and perversely in Western nations under the political influence of Big-Pharma. These legal dynamics demonstrate “rot within a political system” (Aulich 2006) and clearly describe the closing stages of a corrupt and technology-obsessed civilization that puts the convenience of pesticides ahead of its literal future.
DISCUSSION

What Do We Really Want?
Note: “Most tragically, suffering, illness and disease surround us today in a way we would not have imagined a half century ago. We have banished some diseases only to have them replaced by a grumbling yet profound toxicity which is stripping our children of their rightful future” (Donohoe, 1998:38).

Also: “…pesticides are strongly linked to birth defects… science will not solve this problem for us. Isn’t it time to consider a human rights approach, an ethical challenge to the poisoners?… The old science-based strategy has failed us. Perhaps a new, precautionary path can get us where we need to go. The precautionary principle says, ‘When an activity raises threats of harm to human health or the environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically’ ” (Montague, 2001).

“Now the Lymphoma Foundation of America has pulled together and summarized in a 49-page booklet all the available studies of the relationship between lymphoma and pesticides.[2] It is an impressive piece of work by Susan Osburn, who directed the project, and a scientific review panel of 12 physicians and lymphoma researchers. The booklet summarizes 99 studies of humans and one study of pet dogs (see REHN #250) in relation to pesticide exposures. Of the 99 human studies, 75 indicate a connection between exposure to pesticides and lymphomas… The Lymphoma Foundation’s booklet lists 12 ways that most of us are routinely exposed to pesticides in our daily lives even if we use no pesticides in our homes: routine spraying of apartments, condos, offices (and the associated lawns), public buildings and public spaces (parks, green spaces alongside highways, power line rights of way), and in motels, hotels, and restaurants… We might well ask, where did these corporations get permission to violate our well-established human right to personal security? And why do we allow these toxic trespasses into our bodies to occur without our informed consent?[4] In other words, we might begin to view pesticide exposures not as a scientific question, but mainly as a question of morals and ethics, a question of human rights… Pesticide exposures seem to give rise to Parkinson’s (REHN #635) – a horrible degenerative disease of the nervous system. Pesticide exposures diminish children’s memory, physical stamina, coordination, and [the] ability to carry out simple tasks like drawing a stick figure of a human being. (See REHN #648.) Pesticide exposures seem to make children more aggressive. Pesticide exposures seem to contribute to the epidemic of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) that has swept through U.S. children in recent years (See REHN #678.)” (Montague 2001).
My Son & I Poisoned
My son (at age 8) and I were both poisoned (me severely) when we had two pesticide treatments forced on us by the New South Wales Department of Housing (see: http://poisoningandlegalaction.com.au). I, the pesticide injury victim, was blamed wholly by Housing’s Barrister in my trial for our poisoning! See: http://www.indiegogo.com/poisoned-people.
What Do We Need To Do?
We, the people, need to demonstrate true character and tell our politicians that we fiercely object to the present corruption of our legal and political systems in their protection of authorities and government departments from claims of negligence. We want fairness in the assessment of such claims, and we want our basic Human Rights back.

The Universal Declaration of Human Rights, signed by the U.S. in 1948, says (Article 3), “Everyone has the right to life, liberty, and security of person.” Article 4, Section 4 of the U.S. Constitution obligates the federal government to protect the citizenry against “domestic violence” which arguably includes modern forms of personal physiological invasion (domestic violence) such as toxic assault/injury and chemical trespass. See
http://caselaw.lp.findlaw.com/data/Constitution/article04/, or http://www.usconstitution.net/const.html#A4Sec4.
The Paris Appeal
“We call upon national decision-makers, European Authorities, international organizations, and specifically the United Nations Organization (UNO), to take the following measures:

Measure # 1
Banning all products that are certainly or probably carcinogenic, mutagenic or reprotoxic (CMRs) for human beings, as specified by competent international scientific authorities and organizations, and therefore applying to these products the principle of substitution; exceptionally, whenever implementation of this principle is not feasible and the use of the product concerned is considered unavoidable, limiting its use to a minimum with particularly stringent measures of fixed quotas,

Measure # 2
Applying the precautionary principle to all chemicals that, regardless of toxicity characteristics specified in Measure # 1 (refer to §9 and §13), and because they are persistent, bioaccumulative, toxic (PBT) or very persistent and very bioaccumulative (vPvB), constitute an allegedly serious and/or irreversible danger for human and/or animal health, and more generally the environment, without waiting for the definite proof of an epidemiological link, so as to anticipate and avoid serious and/or irreversible sanitary or ecological damage,

Measure # 3
Promoting the adoption of toxicological standards or international thresholds to protect people, based on the assessment of risks for the most vulnerable, i.e. mostly children and the embryo.

Measure # 4
With respect to the precautionary principle, adopting programs with scheduled deadlines and targets in precise figures so as to achieve elimination or strictly regulated reduction in polluting substances emissions and in the utilization of marketed chemicals, such as pesticides, modeling the reduction in use implemented in Sweden, Denmark or Norway…” (IDEA, 2006).
What Do We Really Want? Health & Perpetuity!
We want our children to be safe from the transnational chemical giants-sponsored, anti-Duty of Care, anti-Precautionary Principle, unexamined and utterly irresponsible, CRIMINAL and worldwide love-affair with toxic and reproductive capacity (fertility)-destroying chemicals. We want this Extinction Level Event stopped! Think this statement is too crazy? Note:

“We’re monitoring our own extinction” (Prof. Stuart Hill, University of Western Sydney 1999, pers. comm.).

“Hundreds of thousands of people are dying around the world each year from
the effects of the use, or misuse, of pesticides” (Konradsen, et al., 2003).

A “study showed there was approximately [a] 2-fold greater risk of having a
stillbirth if the mother lived within 1 mile from an agricultural area which used organophosphate – pyrethroid – carbamate – or chlorinated pesticides” (Sinclair & Pressinger, no date, citing Bell, et al., 2001).

“§9.  Whereas, regarding toxicology, a number of these substances or chemicals are hormone-disrupting chemicals (endocrine disrupters), that can be carcinogenic, mutagenic or toxic for reproduction (CMRs) for human beings, and therefore susceptible to induce cancers, congenital malformations and/or infertility; whereas some of these substances or products can be, among other effects, allergenic resulting in chronic respiratory diseases, such as asthma; whereas some are neurotoxic chemicals, leading to degenerative diseases of the central nervous system in adult[s]… and to intellectual impairment in children; whereas some are immunotoxic, leading to immunodeficiency, particularly in children, causing infections, especially viral infections; whereas pesticides are deliberately spread in large amounts in the environment, while a great number are toxic… for animals and/or human beings and for the environment…
§10.  Whereas children are the most vulnerable and exposed to contamination by these pollutants…
§11.  Whereas these polluting substances or products can induce diseases in children population, such as those listed in §9; whereas one out of seven children in Europe suffers from asthma, whereas asthma is made worse by city and home pollution; whereas incidence in pediatric cancers has been on the rise for the last 20 years in some industrialized countries; and whereas these considerations all lead to the fact that Children are now in serious danger…” (IDEA 2006).

Pesticides promote cancer, foetal death, miscarriages, and premature births
(NCAP, 1999:3; Bonn, 2005; Cox, 2004).

“Doctors at a weekend conference in Winnipeg say there is a disturbing trend when it comes to the rising rate of certain cancers. They say pesticides are to blame for the increase – especially in childhood cancers” (Sinclair & Pressinger, no date, citing Winnipeg CBC News – June 7, 2004.
CONCLUSION

WE ARE KILLING OFF OUR OWN CHILDREN! Most CERTAINLY, we humans are engineering the dumbest Extinction Level Event in the long history of this Planet!
REFERENCES

Aulich, S. [Graduate of the Lazarski School of Commerce and Law in Warsaw (Master of Laws) and the George Washington University Law School (LL.M.)] 2006 [online]. THE CORROSION OF THE AMERICAN CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, in The Europen Courier, September 23, 2006. Source: http://europeancourier.org/CriminalJustice_9_23_06.htm; accessed: 25th April 2010.

Bell, et.al (Bell, E.M., Hertz-Picciotto, I., & Beaumont, J.J., Department of Epidemiology, School of Public Health, University of North Carolina National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, Maryland) 2001, ‘Fetal Deaths Linked to Living Close to Agricultural Pesticide Use During Weeks 3-8 of Pregnancy’, http://www.chem?tox.com.pesticides (original source: Epidemiology, 12(2), March 2001); accessed: 16 July 2008.

Bonn, D. (Dorothy) 2005, ‘Roundup Revelation: Weed Killer Adjuvants May Boost Toxicity’, http://www.ehponline.org/docs/2005/113-6/ss.html; accessed: 14 Sept. 2009.

Cox, C. 1993, ‘Biotechnology and Agricultural Pesticide Use: An Interaction Between Genes and Poisons’, Journal of Pesticide Reform, Vol. 13, No. 3 (Fall), NCAP, PO Box 1393, Eugene, OR 97440, USA.

Donohoe, M. 1998, Killing Us Softly, Chemical Injury and Chemical Sensitivity 1.2 (internet Creative Commons release 2008),
http://web.mac.com/doctormark/DoctorMark/KUS.html; accessed: 13/12/2008.

IDEA (Irish Doctors Environmental Association) 2006, THE PARIS APPEAL: International Declaration on Diseases Due to Chemical Pollution,
http://www.ideaireland.org; accessed: 10th October 2007.

Konradsen, F., van der Hoek., W., Cole, D.C., Hutchinson, G., Daisley, H., Singh, S., & Eddleston, M. 2003, ‘Reducing acute poisoning in developing countries—options for restricting the availability of pesticides’, Toxicology 192 (2003) 249-261.

Montague, P. (National Writers Union) 2001, ‘#726 – Science, Precaution and Pesticides, 06-Jun-2001’, in http://www.rachel.org/en/node/5340; accessed: 16 July 2008. Reference [2] cited: Susan Osburn, RESEARCH REPORT: DO PESTICIDES CAUSE LYMPHOMA? Available by U.S. mail from Lymphoma Foundation of America, P.O. Box 15335, Chevy Chase, MD 20825. Tel. (202) 223-6181. ISBN 0-9705127-0-8. Available at: http://www.lymphomahelp.org/docs/research/researchreport/rr_2000.pdf.

NCAP (Northwest Coalition for Alternatives to Pesticides) 1999, ‘Landscaping Nature’s Way: Using Natural Landscaping To Reduce Herbicide Use’, Journal of Pesticide Reform, Vol.19, No. 4, PO Box 1393, Eugene, Oregon 97440 USA.

Sinclair, W. (M.D.; Board Certified Immunology) & Pressinger, R. (M.Ed.) no date, Home and Lawn Pesticides More Dangerous than Previously Believed, http://www.chem-tox.com.pesticides, accessed: 17 July 2008.

THE ‘LEGAL’ AND ‘SCIENTIFIC’ DESTRUCTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS, PUBLIC HEALTH & PLANET EARTH

THE ‘LEGAL’ AND ‘SCIENTIFIC’ DESTRUCTION OF HUMAN RIGHTS, PUBLIC HEALTH & PLANET EARTH

By Murray Thompson (BAppSci Environmental Health 1998; Hons I Social Ecology 1999, University of Western Sydney)

http://poisoningandlegalaction.com.au
http://poisonedpeople.com
http://murraythompsongraphics.x90x.net
http://www.causes.com/poisonedpeople
http://www.change.org/profiles/poisoned-people
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/the-human-right-to-no-pesticide-poisoning

Essay URL:  https://poisonedpeople1.wordpress.com/2012/11/07/chemical-poisoning-a-greater-threat-to-humanity-than-climate-change/
Short link:  http://wp.me/p2DVqC-3d

Even today, with a revolution occurring in the discipline of Toxicology (that includes the recognition that tiny and cumulative exposures to toxins add up ultimately to “toxic overload”), authorities and legal/justice systems everywhere are not only continuing to deny this expanding truth, but are elevating and magnifying their avoidance of basic toxicological fact and the essential human rights that come immediately into play when chemical use causes injury (http://www.indiegogo.com/poisoned-people).

In other words, Western society, in its aberrant and headlong flight away from the truth of chemical poisoning (and potential accusations of negligence or worse), is becoming more intrinsically and subversively fascist and totalitarian in its absolute demand for total freedom in the use of chemical substances.

There are those who either willfully or by tragic omission fail to read the trends of history and understand the nature of corporate and instutionalized perverse thinking inside an over-ripe civilization. They are the people who are attuned to the OCD of profit, convenience and freedom from the need to reference Human Rights. They are the corporates, the legals, the governments and the businesses that have decided to abandon all appreciation of context-dependent and wider human health and environmental concerns in favor of the deathly shroud of short-term convenience.

Particularly in terms of their use of degenerate scientific jargon and legalese, they either entirely side-step the fundamental recognition of the plain truth or they hide behind selfish, manipulative and minimized re-engineerings/interpretations of definitions such as “health”; “odours”, “odour goals” and “the potential impact of odour” (Holmes Air Sciences 2005, “Fox Studios Cumulative Impact FINAL”, page 3); “air quality”; “toxic”; “exposure”; “orthodox” (as in “orthodox pesticides”); “conservative”; “emissions” and “air pollutants”; “nuisance”, “threshold” and the like.

In their wholehearted embrace of convenient lies, these corporate and legal intellectuals have failed to recognize their starring roles in the inevitable destruction of, not just their own civilization as per its fading slide down into toxicological and public health chaos, internal self-destruction and even potential invasion and supplantation, but the now industrial-revolutionized and cumulative poisoning of an entire Planet.

“History shows that degeneration of the criminal justice system contributes
greatly to the downfall of states, and is a sign of rot within a political system” (Aulich 2006).

Whether criminal or civil, the hiding of the truth of chemical poisoning behind insubstantial legal and scientific jargon represents the establishment of a planet-wide death spiral.

REFERENCES

Aulich, S. [Graduate of the Lazarski School of Commerce and Law in Warsaw (Master of Laws) and the George Washington University Law School (LL.M.)] 2006 [online]. THE CORROSION OF THE AMERICAN CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, in The Europen Courier, September 23, 2006. Source: http://europeancourier.org/CriminalJustice_9_23_06.htm; accessed: 25th April 2010.

CHEMICAL POISONING A GREATER THREAT TO HUMANITY THAN CLIMATE CHANGE

CHEMICAL POISONING A GREATER THREAT TO HUMANITY THAN CLIMATE CHANGE
By Murray Thompson (BAppSci Environmental Health 1998; Hons I Social Ecology 1999, University of Western Sydney)
http://poisoningandlegalaction.com.au
http://poisonedpeople.com
http://murraythompsongraphics.x90x.net
http://www.causes.com/poisonedpeople
http://www.change.org/profiles/poisoned-people
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/the-human-right-to-no-pesticide-poisoning

Essay URL:  https://poisonedpeople1.wordpress.com/2012/11/07/chemical-poisoning-a-greater-threat-to-humanity-than-climate-change/
Short link:  http://wp.me/p2DVqC-3a

Chemical poisoning is a far greater threat to human health than even Climate Change. While Climate Change will alter weather patterns, displace peoples, bring about droughts and floods and famines, increase the magnitude of storms, increase ocean temperatures and increase sea levels (all of which are certainly EXCEPTIONALLY bad), chemical poisoning (positioned inside our homes by technology, imposed on us by pesticide spray applications, and also released and spread by those destructive storms and floods) is adversely affecting human and animal/environmental fertility at its core.

We can move location if prolonged or permanently situated drought forces us to. We would then be somewhat like war refugees, and in too many cases that would certainly be, especially for the poor, a matter of deathly outcomes. The First World can also adapt to changing weather patterns in some measure by the use of continuously amplified and forced technology, BUT WE CANNOT TURN BACK OR REVERSE DESTROYED REPRODUCTIVE CAPACITY, once it has happened to us via the crucible of chemical poisoning. My sperm were damaged by two pesticide applications forced on me by the New South Wales Department of Housing (see: http://indiegogo.com/poisoned-people) in Sydney, and I am certain that I have been permanently damaged and should NOT reproduce further. When you see studies showing an increased presence of cancers in the children of those using pesticides commercially, you become deeply aware that the weakening and sickening of future generations is a creeping dynamic.

Climate Change, however painful and destructive (see: http://www.readersdigest.com.au/seasick-alanna-mitchell-exclusive-extract), forces at first largely external changes and demands for alterations in all manner of human activities (though, granted, this may well be an under-estimation). However, chemical poisoning, once established, represents an internal, genetic, mutagenic, teratogenic, and metabolic MORBID change in all aspects of human physiological and mental competence and reproductive capacity. This scales up the intrinsic impact of pesticides and other chemicals, therefore, to the level of a dominating, all-pervasive and clinging EXTINCTION LEVEL EVENT, one of greater significance than even the burgeoning terrors of the Climate Change that will turn the whole world upside-down!

DEGENERATE WESTERN LEGAL SYSTEMS WORLDWIDE ARE CASHING IN ON PEOPLES’ PAIN

DEGENERATE WESTERN LEGAL SYSTEMS WORLDWIDE ARE CASHING IN ON PEOPLES’ PAIN
By Murray Thompson (BAppSci Environmental Health 1998; Hons I Social Ecology 1999, University of Western Sydney)
http://poisoningandlegalaction.com.au
http://poisonedpeople.com
http://murraythompsongraphics.x90x.net
http://www.causes.com/poisonedpeople
http://www.change.org/profiles/poisoned-people
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/the-human-right-to-no-pesticide-poisoning

Essay URL:  https://poisonedpeople1.wordpress.com/2012/11/07/degenerate-western-legal-systems-worldwide-are-cashing-in-on-peoples-pain/
Short link:  http://wp.me/p2DVqC-35

Western legal systems worldwide are cashing in on peoples’ pain because they’ve been mistakenly made COMMERCIAL. Legal systems have been set up as BUSINESSES where company reputations ride on wins and losses. As such, the legal dynamic — thus perversely founded — focuses on playing the duel legal games of:
1. “we can litigate better than you” (or, “we’ve got more experts for the trial than you”) and
2. taking in revenue.

Western legal systems have become corrupted. They are Big business, and they inspire too much litigation which pits people against each other, while draining their bank accounts. The legal process takes too much funding to feed, and the litigation process itself takes too long, and this becomes abusive. As such, and given their favoring of the chemically negligent over the little people of the chemically-injured majority, the legal systems of this world are and have become negligent themselves: negligent of duty of Care, of the Precautionary Principle, of Disability Discrimination and Human Rights. They waste time, lives and bank accounts. They are, therefore, destructive and form a major portion of the degenerate internal dynamic of any civilization in decline. Note:

“History shows that degeneration of the criminal justice system contributes greatly to the downfall of states, and is a sign of rot within a political system” (Aulich 2006).

And then there are the trials themselves: “We can’t avoid the fact that the adversary system of jury trial does make justice a game, in which sometimes the worst team wins, because it has a dream team of lawyers, or because there’s something gone wrong in the jury room, or because the judge is biased” (Geoffrey Robertson QC, 1998).

A base problem is that LAWS have been configured and the legal systems themselves have been “stitched up” such that the LAW allows unscrupulous ‘legals’ to constantly impose fees throughout the legal process. Thus, you have to PAY for a monied form of justice. Everywhere you look, legals of one variety or another are appearing within legal structures, and processes are being constantly padded out to feather lots of tiny little nests and some really big nests. It’s a big, dirty, perverse, couriered and sub-contracted BUSINESS.

See: http://indiegogo.com/poisoned-people for details on a specific case of pesticide/solvent poisoning. See also http://poisoningandlegalaction.com.au/essays/essay2-legal-process-abuse.pdf for an Essay on that poisoning injury further ‘enhanced’ by an abusive legal process.

See also: http://www.change.org/profiles/poisoned-people, http://www.communityrun.org/p/poisoned-people and http://indiegogo.com/the-good-samaritan for a plea to legal systems to stop favoring big business and government AGAINST and CONTRARY to public health imperatives and interests.

REFERENCES

REFERENCES
Aulich, S. [Graduate of the Lazarski School of Commerce and Law in Warsaw (Master of Laws) and the George Washington University Law School (LL.M.)] 2006 [online]. THE CORROSION OF THE AMERICAN CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, in The Europen Courier, September 23, 2006. Source: http://europeancourier.org/CriminalJustice_9_23_06.htm; accessed:
25th April 2010.

Robertson, G. QC, 1998 [online]. Radio National transcripts: “Adventuring Advocates of the Adversarial System” in The
Law Report, Tuesday 31 March 1998. Source: http://www.abc.net.au/rn/talks/8.30/lawrpt/lstories/lr980331.htm
Accessed: 14th April 2010.

DOMESTIC OR COMMERCIAL PESTICIDE USE: COULD YOU KILL OR BE KILLED?

DOMESTIC OR COMMERCIAL PESTICIDE USE: COULD YOU KILL OR BE KILLED?
By Murray Thompson (BAppSci Environmental Health 1998; Hons I Social Ecology 1999, University of Western Sydney)

http://poisoningandlegalaction.com.au
http://indiegogo.com/poisoned-people (http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/poisoned-people–2/x/941124 or http://igg.me/at/poisoned-people)
http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-good-samaritan–8/x/941124 or http://igg.me/at/the-good-samaritan
http://murraythompsongraphics.x90x.net
http://www.causes.com/poisonedpeople
http://www.change.org/profiles/poisoned-people
http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/the-human-right-to-no-pesticide-poisoning

WordPress.com URL:  https://poisonedpeople1.wordpress.com/2012/11/06/domestic-or-commercial-pesticide-use-could-you-kill-or-be-killed/

INTRODUCTION

While at home or at work in a suburban residence, hotel complex or block of units, while living quietly next to an agricultural area or working your farm, while at the golf club or auto dealership, or while inspecting real estate or holidaying abroad, could you be injured or killed by a pesticide application, or could you inadvertently injure or kill someone with pesticide during normal use? Could a neighbor, pest control company or a farmer located nearby (or even as far away as nine miles) injure or kill you or your unborn by spraying weeds in their back yard or spraying their crops? What is the chance of a resident in a block of units spraying pesticide and inadvertently affecting a neighbor in an adjoining unit? What could happen if a person set off an aerosol fogger or an insect or flea “bomb” inside their unit just before walking out the front door to spend the day away from their residence? Would a wall between two rooms or units prevent pesticide from migrating into the baby’s room next door?

These are life and death questions that need answers in a world where pesticide use is skyrocketing.

1.0 HOW MUCH PESTICIDE IS IN USE AND IS PESTICIDE USE INCREASING?

“In the United States, more than 18,000 products are licensed for use, and each year > 2 billion pounds of pesticides are applied to crops, homes, schools, parks, and forests” (Kamel & Hoppin, 2004).

“Genetically engineered crops have led to an increase in overall pesticide use, by 404 million pounds from the time they were introduced in 1996 through 2011…” (Gillam 2012).

“GE crops are pushing pesticide use upward at a rapidly accelerating pace. In 2008, GE crop acres required over 26% more pounds of pesticides per acre than acres planted to conventional varieties. The report projects that this trend will continue as a result of the rapid spread of glyphosate-resistant weeds” (Benbrook 2009).

Further: “The current massive reliance on glyphosate, which has been promoted by the rapid adoption by U.S. farmers of genetically engineered (GE) corn, soybeans and cotton, is a key factor in this epidemic of herbicide-resistant weeds. A report released in November of 2009, for instance, found that since the first 13 years of commercial use of GE crops, they have been responsible for an increase of 383 million pounds of herbicide use in the U.S. (1996-2008)” (BeyondPesticides.org 2012).

Note that herbicide resistance also registers as a morbid condition in nature.

2.0 DO PESTICIDES MOVE?

2.1 There Are Two Forms Of Pesticide Spray Drift
First and foremost, it should be understood clearly that pesticides sprayed in the open (especially agricultural pesticide sprays) easily MOVE.

2.1.1 Primary Particle Drift

The first type of pesticide drift is “particle drift (off-target movement during application)” (Owens & Feldman 2004:16). “The drift of spray from pesticide applications can expose people, plants and animals, and the environment to pesticide residues that can cause health and environmental effects and property damage… Where significant drift does occur, it can damage or contaminate sensitive crops, poison bees, pose health risks to humans and animals, and contaminate soil and water in adjacent areas” (Fishel & Ferrell 2012:1).

It is obvious here that wandering droplets of pesticide spray have a widespread and also UNKNOWN (unquantifiable) diabolical effect on the environment. What spray accumulates where (in soil, in crops, in humans), and how that spray COMBINES with other chemicals (which it will) and produces what outcomes is entirely untraceable. This is a superb example of the Precautionary Principle literally thrown to the wind.

2.1.2 Secondary Vapor Drift

Pesticide spray drift is also not just a matter of the above. Drift can also occur in a form that is entirely non-visible and almost totally undetectable, that is, “vapor drift (off-target movement when a pesticide evaporates from a sprayed surface)” (Owens & Feldman 2004:16).

Note: “…the full range of drift cannot be detected visually” (Cordell & Baker 1998:1). Further: “Drift isn’t limited to the period during or immediately after an application since it can occur hours or even days later… Days after application, pesticides can volatilize into a gas. Low levels of pesticides may be carried long distances by air currents. Vapor drift from a legal pesticide application is sometimes difficult to predict…” (ibid:2). The distinction being made here is “…primary particle drift and secondary vapor drift” (Cordell & Baker 1998:1). The somewhat lagged and staccato vapor drift is therefore pictured as “frequent, lower doses that drift by invisibly throughout the growing season, contaminating… air, water and food” (Peeples 2012).

2.1.3 Drift And Inevitable Poisoning Issues

Now, it should be asked here if volatilization of applied pesticide (resulting in pesticide vapor) can cause problems. “Some herbicide formulations are sufficiently volatile to cause plant injury from drift of vapor. For example, 2,4-D esters may produce damaging vapors, while 2,4-D amines are essentially nonvolatile and can drift only as droplets or dry particles. Herbicide vapor may drift farther and over a longer time than spray droplets” (Fishel & Ferrell 2012:2).

Again: “If winds are blowing towards a sensitive area, do not spray at any wind speed” (ibid:10). Who, today, factors in the unborn, or babies, or chemically-sensitive people (who are a MOVING TARGET) as a “sensitive area”? How could vapor drift NOT intersect a sensitive person?

How difficult is it to be safe when spraying, and in the days after spraying? “Letting neighbors know when pesticide applications will be made and, if possible, make applications during a time in which the fewest neighbors could be affected” (ibid:11). This caution highlights clear and obvious impossibilities in terms of widespread Occupational, Residential or Environmental Health and Safety. As well, it encapsulates gross deficiencies in terms of human interraction and communications quality. Is the farmer going to door knock to warn of a spraying and risk a negative reaction from a householder? Unlikely. Most Internet comments on Facebook from pesticide poisoning victims describe a complete deficit of communication in terms of an agricultural spraying event. In most cases, no-one will be warned that pesticide is going to be applied to a crop, or that herbicide is going to be sprayed on weeds. This further highlights the issue of pesticides in the hands of a largely uncommunicative, irresponsible and ignorant public, with people poisoning people at will and with almost no comprehension of the critical nature of this monstrous problem! This morbid and WHOLLY dysfunctional issue and dynamic (that, by the way, ensures maximum ongoing sales for pesticide manufacturers) will be addressed again below in Section 3.1.4.

As well, the pitifully deficient concept of buffer zones shows what a nightmare of toxicological logistics spraying pesticide in the open is! Note: “Buffer zones are untreated areas between the treatment site and sensitive areas. It is the area where no pesticide application should occur and is designed to catch off-target spray on their surfaces” (ibid:10). This inadequate idea shows, especially in terms of the vapor drift that will not obligingly deposit onto buffer surfaces, that there is nothing stopping any individual or sensitive area from being constantly exposed to toxic pesticides. This is further reinforced by the understanding that, “Pesticides in open water systems may float on the water, diffuse into the water, or deposit onto the sediments at the bottom of the water body. Pesticides that move from the ground surface through the soil may reach shallow ground water or deeper aquifers” (University of Minnesota 2003a). This means that rainwater runoff, streams, ground water, and well water are all available to pesticide contamination from spray droplet or vapor drift.

Pesticide migration is a global issue: “Six pesticides used in high volumes for agriculture travel from farm fields to the Arctic, researchers report in Environmental Science & Technology” (Lubick 2011).

Will your herbicide spray contaminate the environment and poison people beyond the point of application? Yes, frequently.

2.1.4 Further Drift and Transport Issues That Cross Time

This section brings into further consideration the above noted concerns where, “Days after application, pesticides can volatilize into a gas” (Peeples 2012). And that is: “Studies done in the recent past have found that air contains levels of pesticides that have been used in the past as well as those that are used today” (University of Minnesota 2003b). There is a recycling and movement of pesticide vapor occurring in the atmosphere that demonstrates that some pesticides are not very obliging of environmental degradational processes.

2.2 Pesticide Spray Drift: Areas Of Concern

Pesticide MOVEMENT is so critical an issue that the concept of “Areas of Concern” has been identified.

“Areas of concern are sites or living things that can be easily injured by a pesticide” (Cordell & Baker 1998:2), those being:

Outdoors:
• wells or surface or sub-surface water accessible via porous soil
• schools, playgrounds or hospitals
• endangered species habitats
• honeybee sites, parks or wildlife preserves
• ornamental gardens, crops [!] or specialized (sensitive) plantings (ibid.).

Indoors:
• habitat areas for the sick, children, pregnant women, the elderly
• all feed or food areas
• all locations for confined or domesticated animals
• all locations for sensitive or ornamental plantings (ibid.).

There is almost no place or environment where people or plants will not be poisoned. Pesticide use and then poisoning, therefore, is a “given”. Why? Because: “It is estimated that less than 0.1% of an insecticide reaches the target pests. Therefore, more than 99% of the applied pesticide is released and left to impact the surrounding environment” (Owens and Feldman 2004:16, citing Pimentel, D., et al. 1991).

If you use pesticides, you WILL poison other people. And you WILL poison yourself too.

2.3 Aggregate Or Cumulative Pesticide Impacts: Repeated Exposures

2.3.1 Insect Pest Resistance From Repeated Exposures

What we consider might be good advice on the part of a pesticide company — to set up a regular schedule of repeat spray treatments — is not good for Nature or us: “…it soon became evident of the devastating environmental and health harms that these toxic chemicals can cause. Furthermore, there are more concerns regarding the use of these chemicals. First off, as pesticides are recurrently applied, insect populations develop resistances to the chemicals. Also, the target pest’s natural predators are frequently killed off when pesticides are used. Additionally, as one pest species is eradicated, its competition may soon take its place” (University of Minnesota 2003d).

2.3.2 Human Health Impacts From Repeated Exposures

What must be emphasized at this point is the cumulative or aggregate risks inherent in small doses of pesticide. The toxicological problem exists, however, that “the effects of combined multiple and cumulative exposures experienced by children in the course of their daily lives remains virtually unstudied” (PANNA 2003). Our children are thus left entirely unprotected in the face of a stampeding worldwide technological regime that cares only about profits, not the viability of the Human Race!

In other words: “Organochlorine pesticides in women put future generations at risk” (Schafer, et al. 2004:29). How? “The fact that women—including women of childbearing age—have the highest levels of OC pesticides is cause for serious concern, as many of these pesticides are known to be harmful when crossing the placenta during fetal development. Documented health effects of in utero pesticide exposures include reduced infant birth weight, reproductive problems such as low sperm counts or other fertility problems later in life, and disruption of neurological development during infancy, possibly leading to learning disabilities and other neurobehavioral problems” (Schafer, et al. 2004:29, citing further examples [1]).

Further: “Neuro-developmental toxicants that have been studied, including lead, mercury, polychlorinated biphenyls, alcohol, and nicotine, have demonstrated the vulnerability of the developing brain to environmental agents at exposure levels much lower than those having a similar affect on an adult. Scientific understanding of the effects of these toxicants has emerged slowly, and the regulatory response has lagged even further. Meanwhile generations of children have been exposed to these chemicals at levels that may have caused irreversible damage. Evidence of this is the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) recent consideration of lowering even further the screening threshold of lead, from 10 microgm/dl blood to 5 microgm/dl blood, since impacts have now been documented at these lower levels.(8)” (PANNA 2003).

And, although the USEPA (at least, on this particular web page) notes pesticide “exposures from food, drinking water, and residential sources” ONLY (not other sources) in terms of assessing cumulative risks, this shows that at least a deficient and begrudging appreciation of aggregate pesticide risks has at least made some kind of intellectual impact within a government organization. Necessarily, this exposure source listing also disturbingly highlights “EPA’s failure to account for drift exposures in either the organophosphate or the n-methyl carbamate cumulative risk assessment” (Goldman & Ruiz 2009:24).

Importantly, one of the USEPA’s basic cautions is: “The Agency has determined so far that five groups of pesticides each have a common mechanism of toxicity and require cumulative risk assessments because exposure to these pesticide groups may pose potential risks to human health and the environment. The five groups are: the organophosphates, N-methyl carbamates, triazines, chloroacetanilides, and pyrethrins/pyrethroids” (USEPA 2012).

We are not safe, ANYWHERE!

2.4 Pesticides MOVE From External To Internal Environments

2.4.1 Pesticide Ingress Via Soil And Slab

Pesticides applied to soil also MOVE through the soil and into homes through concrete slab foundations and other flooring types.

And, just for this moment as an exercise, wholly ignore the mountains of pesticide vapor that emanate from strictly agricultural areas. Also ignore the pesticide sprays typically used indoors for fumigation, surface sprays, etc. Just for a moment, only consider the mountains of herbicide sprayed ON TO THE GROUND, and then the mountains of chemical barrier pesticides sprayed and pumped UNDER THE GROUND. Then consider that this ground and its groundwater and ground gases are located around, near and just below (are therefore intimately connected to), respectively, the wooden flooring and the concrete slab foundations of a worldwide population of ground-floor workers and residents. Wooden flooring is subject to upward pesticide vapor migration and diffusion. And concrete slab foundations are subject to “vapor capillary movement/diffusion”.

Then consider also that a truly incalculable amount of herbicide is sprayed by home owners, councils, golf clubs, railways and the like on THAT GROUND. Remember, all that ground is connected to residences, and so then consider that most (Western) people spend most of their work and home time INDOORS: “Americans spend up to 90 percent of their time indoors” (Healthy Home Association 2012).

Once this understanding and sensibility is internalized, you can then appreciate that, in terms of suspended timber or other flooring types, pesticide vapor will intrude into the residence. Specifically of concern here in terms of raised flooring and concrete slabs is this issue:

“…pesticide moisture flow upwards through the concrete slabs by vapor diffusion and capillary transmission passes through the top surface of the concrete slabs as well as through floor surface treatments (carpet, tile, wood floors) and leads to un-healthy contamination problems. Today’s almost airtight buildings let in little fresh air and draw from the ground more “soil gas”, rich in moisture and vapors from pesticides below ground. Pores in concrete draw in water by capillary action. The average (slab) lets in over (10) gallons of water each day, several times more than showering and cooking combined!” (Healthy Home Association 2003).

Please see my Essay titled “CHEMICAL-PESTICIDE DIFFUSION THROUGH CONCRETE” located at https://poisonedpeople1.wordpress.com/2012/10/21/chemical-pesticide-diffusion-through-concrete or http://wp.me/p2DVqC-2M. Also, see my personal story of synthetic pyrethroid termiticide chemical barrier poisoning at http://indiegogo.com/poisoned-people.

Further: “The EPA has reported levels of indoor air pollutants may be two to five times higher — and occasionally more than 100 times higher — than outdoor levels. The air inside your home could be more dangerous to your health than the air outside, according to a recent survey” (Healthy Home Association 2012). We can see here now that the domestic home, in particluar, will be a reservoir focus for, not just the toxics that arise from internal synthetic fixtures, paints, carpeting, lacquers, glues, solvent-based cleaning products and insecticide sprays, but also for the rivers of toxics that are pumped into the ground all around the home.

Will your herbicide spray move into your residence’s and your neighbor’s concrete foundation slab? Will your spray vaporize up through ground floor wooden or particle board flooring and into the internal living space? Yes. Everything is connected.

2.4.2 Pesticide Ingress Via Multiple Pathways

So insidious are pesticides that, more often than not, they cannot be kept out of homes: “A 1996 study finds that 2,4-D can be tracked indoors from lawns, leaving residues in the home. EPA research finds at least five pesticides in indoor air, at levels often 10 times greater than outdoors. Another EPA study finds residues of pesticides in and around structures even when there had been no known use on the premises” (BeyondPesticides.org no date). This mystery can only mean that pesticides have an unlimited MOBILITY via multiple pathways.

2.5 Pesticides CREATE DISEASE, PERSIST, And Are Intensely MOBILE, Including Moving Between Conjoined Units.

What you spray or wipe in one room or apartment will not only be adsorbed by surfaces and furnishings, but will also migrate into the next room or apartment. What your neighbor does in a block of conjoined units with insecticide spray or an insecticide “bomb” will impact on your living space. Sometimes pesticide sprayings can KILL pets and humans.

2.5.1 Heavy Home Pesticide Use And Toxic Exposures

Note: “Surveys have shown that more than 1/3 of all the pesticides used in the U.S. are applied in urban environments and most of these pesticides are applied in the home” (Miller & Koehler 2012). Further: “The use, misuse, and/or misapplication of insecticides in the residential environment can lead to acute, sub-acute or chronic exposures” (Ashley, et al. 2006:6). This means immediate exposure and poisoning effects, residual exposures, and chronic or long-term exposure effects.

Acute and chronic exposures: “Some OP pesticides are highly acutely toxic, some cause developmental or reproductive harm, and some are known or suspected to disrupt the human hormone (endocrine) system. Carbamate pesticides are very similar to the OP compounds in their effects on the human nervous system, interfering with the transmission of nerve impulses. Some chemicals in this class are hormone disruptors and/or carcinogenic as well. OC pesticides are linked to both acute and chronic health effects, including cancer, nurological damage, and birth defects. Many organochlorines are also suspected hormone system disruptors” (Schafer, et al. 2004:13, citing Solomon, et al. 2000).

2.5.2 Persistent Pesticide Residues

Pesticide residues remain in homes after application, sometimes in significant concentrations. For example, “Chlordane residues last forever and cannot be cleaned up. Heptachlor, a component of chlordane, may last for several years in air and for 10 years in soil after application. Similar chlorinated pesticides like aldrin and dieldrin were also used and last for the lifetime of the home” (Simon, no date). And, given that Chlordane was only banned in 1988, there must be many homes still containing toxic residues of this pesticide.

Further: “Studies conducted in the last 10 years have documented the presence of numerous different pesticides in indoor air, in carpet dust, and on settled dust of surfaces in homes (Rudel et al., 2003). Concentration or surface loading levels for individual pesticides span up to five orders of magnitude (Gordon et al., 1999; Nishioka et al., 1999; Roinestad et al., 1993; Simcox et al., 1995; Whitmore et al., 1994)” (ibid.). As well: “…personal bug repellants or fumigants used in the home may be inhaled or collect as a residue on food or other surface areas” (University of Minnesota 2003c).
2.5.3 Insect And Pesticide Movements Around and Throughout Housing Structures

Will your insecticide spraying, surface spraying or insecticide aerosol fogger or flea “bomb” set off inside your apartment, which can all be described as “indiscriminate chemical extermination methods” (Ashley, et al. 2006:5), contaminate insects, people and pets inside and beyond the confines of your “private” cell in a conjoined block of units? Yes.

An important consideration to keep in mind throughout this discussion are residence walls made from drywall (also known incorrectly as “plasterboard”), gypsum board, wallboard, Sheetrock (“only US Gypsum Company’s board panels are referred as Sheetrock” [www.differencebetween.net 2012]), Gypsum Wall Board, or gyprock. What is so important here in terms of chemical migration and human health is that these products are porous and easily absorb vapors and gases from the air inside units and houses. Gypsum materials will be examined by this Essay.

As well, one should consider cinder blocks, and homogenous or laminated sheets such as fiberboard, MDF, particle board, masonite, Homasote, Fir-tex, Beaver Board, Feltex, Nu-Wood, Upson Board (Wilson & Snodgrass 2007) and other composite materials and boards used a great deal inside residences. This Essay will not (as yet) attempt to examine and evaluate these particular products in terms of their ability or otherwise to hold and re-transmit toxic vapors, or allow vapor to pass through.

And, regardless of the absorption and transmission of pesticide vapor via any of the above products, “a larger source of transfer between units on a mass basis would probably be leakage through unsealed gaps in the wall from electrical boxes, plumbing line entries, baseboards, etc.” (Gary Whitmyre [D.A.B.T.] 2012, email pers. comm) [2].

2.5.3.1 Insect Movements

In interior insecticide applications, many of the escaping and/or migrating insect pests will carry pesticide residues with them when they move to other residences. Please note:

• Insects carry pesticide residues (Pfleeger, et al. 1995:542).

• Pesticides enter the bodies of insects and become part of the overall chemical burden of the insects. In fact, “Contact poisons penetrate the skin of the pest…” (Encyclopedia Britannica 2012). Specifically, crop pollinating insects, honeybees, butterflies, dragonflies and wasps have all been found to carry “chlorinated pesticide residues of DDT, BHC and aldrin along with their metabolites and isomers” (Ahmad, et al. 1985:25).

• Cockroaches migrate throughout buildings, and often in response to pesticide applications: “Cockroaches migrate easily through multi-unit dwellings via plumbing and electrical connections” (Miller & Koehler 2012), and “from one unit to the next” (Health Canada 1999). Note that cockroaches are a great deal larger than the components of pesticide vapor drift. Further, “New, improved chemicals and methods to fight cockroaches may be a cause for alleged cockroach migration” (http://en.wikipedia.org/ 2012), especially when “incomplete application of cockroach control products has simply allowed the insects to completely avoid the treated areas” (Amalgamated Pest Control 2012).

• Flushing pesticides that contain pyrethrins can motivate cockroaches to move into previously uninhabited parts of a building (Peairs 2012). Cockroaches will migrate throughout a building and across barriers to avoid the pesticide.

Please note that spraying for cockroaches “may ultimately kill off the parasitic wasps” that are the “natural enemies of the American cockroach” (Barbara 2008). Many authorities therefore assert that regular spraying is counterproductive. I believe that pesticide resistance in pests, along with the killing off of pest predators, represents the overall basis for this assertion, while the opposite assertion made typically by pest companies — that a regular program of eradication should be put in place — is simply an irresponsible appeal to regular contracts and fees.

2.5.3.2 Pesticides Mobile In 3-D

There exists today a great deal of bias that fashions notions of pesticide immobility. For example, Bifenthrin, a synthetic pyrethroid pesticide, is typically described as binding to soil particles (Fecko 1999:5) and remaining obediently immobile in soil. However, the following research begs to differ: “Recent studies showed that surface runoff facilitated transport of pyrethroids to surface streams, probably by sediment movement. Sediment contamination by pyrethroids is of concern due to their wide-spectrum aquatic toxicity” (Gan, et al. 2005:836-41).

Further: “Termites were killed in bifenthrin treatments, and this suggested the
movement of the chemical from treated into untreated sections. Su & Scheffrahn (1990) reported the movement of a pyrethroid (tralomethrin) from treated sand to the agar layer in their experiment against R. flavipes [the eastern subterranean termite], causing high mortalities even though the termites did not reach the treated area” (Boon-Hoi & Chow-Yang 2007:464).

Also: “When pesticides are applied to places such as homes, offices, lawns, gardens, fields, and water sources they become mobile in the environment… Excess pesticides that do not reach their “target” organism are free to move in the environment in other ways… pesticides have the potential to move in many environmental mediums and that their movement is three-dimensional… Pesticides, regardless of the medium that they are applied in, all have the potential to be transported by air” (University of Minnesota 2003a).

2.5.3.3 Insect Mobility, And Pesticide Concentrations/Mobility And Adsorption Into Surfaces

The domestic pesticide (or any other chemical) use issue is associated with “multifamily or conjoined housing in which infestation in one unit allows migration of pests to the adjoining units, and poor ventilation which does not allow the pesticide residue to dissipate after an application” (Ashley, et al. 2006:6, citing Health Canada, 2001; Alliance for Healthy Homes, 2003).

What should be noted first from this information is that pesticide vapors inside a residence will build up and become concentrated, essentially generating a “gas chamber” effect. What can then occur is interesting and frightening:

“A wide range of organic chemicals adsorb to surface[s] in the home, including fabrics, painted or unpainted wallboard, polyurethane foam (PUF) in furniture and pillows (pesticides love to adsorb to PUF). As the airborne levels of a chemical decrease in a room, equilibrium processes would force the same chemical that is adsorbed to a material in the room to de-sorb into air until the equilibriuim concentration of chemical in air would occur. The exact rate of release would depend on the physical-chemical properties of the chemical and the binding constant (or affinity) of the chemical with the material. This is a dynamic process that a lot of people in exposure assessment don’t pay enough attention to.

“Hydrophobic (“oil-loving’) pesticides and solvents also are absorbed into fatty foods like butter present in the home. Thus, an airborne chemical can become a source of dietary exposure. [A] classic study is the one in New York State from the 1990s in which levels of dry cleaning solvents in the butter of residents living over a dry-cleaning establishment were extremely high. This is referred to as “partitioning” of a chemical from air to food” (Gary Whitmyre [D.A.B.T.] 2012, email pers. comm) [2].

The dry cleaning chemicals were obviously able to effectively vaporize and move through the ceiling of the shop into the living space of the residence above, negotiate the covering of the butter and incorporate into the butter.

Further to this issue showing that pesticides exchange between air and surfaces: “non-treated surface compartments… can act as potential reservoirs for the chemical [pesticide]; carpet, vinyl floor, and walls/ceiling… In order to illustrate the use of our model, we used available data for wallboard to define a fugacity capacity as well as the diffusive transfer rates between the air and the wallboard (Tichenor et al. 1991; Van Loy et al. 2001; Won et al. 2001). Much of the available experimental work provides information to establish sorption and deso[rp]tion rates from a surface” (Bennett, Furtaw and McKone 2002:262, 264).

Further: “pesticide residues [can] migrate into carpet backing and pads” (Ashley, et al. 2006:15, citing Fortune et al., 2000). This being especially so if an excessive application of pesticide is not treated very early by the repeated detergent cleaning of toys, surfaces and dishes and via the “aggressive use of ventilation” (ibid.). If these measures are left too late, then “pesticide residues have time to MIGRATE into carpet backing and pads, where they are no longer amenable to removal by cleaning” (ibid.; my emphasis).

Also: “…pesticides may be absorbed into surfaces” (Nova Scotia Environment and Labor 2006:3.4). “Gyprock”, wall boards and drywall board will absorb pesticide sprayed inside the home: “Gypsum from recycled wall boards may come with a great variety of contaminants that have been absorbed by the drywall wherever it was in use. These may include pesticides, fragrances, cigarette smoke and a myriad of other poisons found in many households and offices” (http://www.eiwellspring.org 2011).

As well: “In existing houses, the drywall has often become contaminated by the prior occupants. Their use of fragrances, pesticides, laundry products, cigarettes, etc. may have been absorbed by the porous gypsum and is then slowly released into the room for many years after” (Eriksen 2010:1).

So, what you use inside the home will be absorbed into the gypsum of the drywall or Gyprock. Varying conditions will then allow volatilization of that stored pesticide through the paper backing on the other side of the wall, where a neighbor may be living in a conjoined unit.

It may even be possible for vapor intrusion and diffusion to occur relatively rapidly across the wall “barrier”. This, especially given an insect/flea “bomb” application that raises concentrations of pesticide to extreme levels:

“Aerosol foggers (such as flea bombs) can result in particularly high contamination of room surfaces (including floors, walls, counter tops, and the insides of cabinets), leaving residues hundreds of times larger than those left from crack and crevice application methods” (Riley 2000:6, citing Wright and Jackson, 1974). In this case, chemical vapors that move across divides into other rooms and units will be very potent and toxic.

Note that aggressive ventilation is often impossible in blocks of conjoined units, thus leaving many tenants and families exposed to these large flea bomb applications or commercial fumigations, and multiple smaller sprayings.

As noted previously, vapor ingress would first occur via air movement facilitated through the inadequate fitting, sealing and painting of the drywall itself, and especially via gaps associated with various fittings, joins, pipes and other common non air tight features of internal building construction.

2.5.3.4 Other Means Of Pesticide Movement

Pesticide vapor will move from roof cavity to roof cavity in a block of conjoined units, and this especially so when the building design includes little or no significant partitioning of the individual units above the ceiling line. Roof cavity air is often an easily shared quantity.

Pesticide movement considerations between residences should also never leave out the direct transfer of pesticide chemical from one unit to another occuring with neighbor and children visitations along with kids swapping possessions and adults moving furniture, all of which will contain pesticide residues from any internal spraying. As well, there are the more direct transfers that occur when people move from one residence to another.

Therefore, it is small wonder that CDC data shows widespread exposure to pesticides. “In some cases, the vast majority of study subjects had the pesticide in their blood or urine.” DDE was found in 99% and chlorpyrifos was found in 93% of the test subjects. The pesticides tested for represented only a portion of the total number of pesticides that people are exposed to, and this demonstrated that “most people in the U.S. carry a measurable body burden of pesticides and pesticide metabolites” (Schafer, et al. 2004:21-22). No wonder, then, that “The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission estimates 20,000 emergency room visits annually resulting from pesticide exposure” (University of Minnesota 2003c).

2.5.3.5 Chlordane Mobility And Contamination

A very interesting take on Chlordane and other pesticide exposures in the home: “Chlordane was used regularly as a termite preventive for over 30 years, finally being banned in 1988, but unfortunately, not before contaminating millions upon millions of U.S. homes. Although 100-200 gallons of the chemical is usually applied underneath the home’s concrete foundation, it is now being found to migrate into the indoor air through either cracks in the foundation or around pipes entering the home. The principal of why this occurs is similar to that of a heavy boat sitting on the water that develops a pin-hole sized leak. Likewise, with a hundred ton home sitting on top of chlordane saturated sand – the high pressures underneath the home allow the vapors to be pulled into the lower pressures within the home. Other ways in which contamination can occur include accidental spills or through overspray saturation of the ceiling drywall boards if applied to the attic’s wooden 2×4’s” (http://www.chem-tox.com no date).

As well, “many other pesticides and herbicides used residentially may migrate inside of homes or contaminate well water” (Simon, no date). This seems to imply that pesticides move extremely freely: from soil to home, from air to home, and from soil to well water.

2.5.4 Home Pesticide Applications Move Offsite

Further, your pesticide can move off-site and leave your residence to contaminate the environment and people beyond your fence-line. This means pesticide can not only move from one room to another and from one conjoined unit to another, but it can also completely escape from a house:

“It should be noted that drift is not associated only with outdoor applications. Those handling pesticides indoors may not realize how easily some pesticides move offsite in the air currents created by ventilation systems and forced-air heating and cooling systems” (Cordell & Baker 1998:1). Air currents occur within residences (from room to room), between residences in blocks of units, and between internal and external environments. Usually, though, there is not enough ventilation in modern buildings to prevent Sick Building Syndrome.

2.6 Pesticides MORPH/DEGRADE/CHANGE, MOVE and PERSIST Across Time And Space

Pesticide residues pose continuing threats to human health long after a pesticide has been banned. An example of this is p,p-DDE, a waste or breakdown product of the pesticide DDT. Even though all uses of DDT were banned in the U.S. in 1972, the CDC revealed that “p,p-DDE was present in the bodies of youth in all ethnic groups aged 12–19 — i.e. in youth born long after the U.S. ban — indicating continued exposure from residues in the environment. This is consistent with PANNA’s findings of ongoing contamination of the U.S. food supply with DDT residues” (Schafer, et al. 2004:27-29, citing [3]).

If pesticide residues like p,p-DDE did not MOVE, then testing would not discover their presence in “food residue, house dust, soil and sediment samples” (Schafer, et al. 2004:29, citing National Water Quality Assessment Program, U.S. Geological Survey, http://water.usgs.gov/nawqa).

Further, “Other pesticides may degrade into chemicals that are more toxic then the original chemical. The “daughter” or degradation product(s) may then be toxic to organisms other th[a]n the one it was intended for… Pesticides are also degraded at different rates in the environment depending upon their chemical structure. For example, soil organisms might degrade a pesticide within days, whereas another pesticide might take hundreds to thousands of years to degrade. Degradation or transformation of a pesticide results in a change of structure and will change how it moves in the environment. Transformation may occur in any medium that a pesticide is in” (University of Minnesota 2003a).

3.0 ARE DISEASES, CONDITIONS OR ADVERSE HUMAN HEALTH EVENTS COMMONLY RELATED TO PESTICIDE USE?

What we also need to appreciate at this point in this discussion very clearly is that the above section on MOVEMENT also must simultaneously include and be followed by the movement or progression of pesticide-induced disease states. This means the evolution and movement of pesticide health EFFECTS: “Dramatic increases in the use of pesticides and other chemicals since the 1950s directly parallel the increased incidence of diseases associated with environmental contamination” (Schafer, et al. 2004:13).

However, and to be fair, we should also note decreases in pesticide body burden and morbid symptoms: “It is encouraging to note that researchers in New York City have documented a decrease in chlorpyrifos levels found in umbilical cord blood and an increase in newborn birth weights since the ban has taken effect” (Schafer, et al. 2004:25, citing Op. cit., R.M. Whyatt et al., 2004, reference 20). Wonderful (?) news for those born after the ban; not so good news for the others…

DISEASE AND MORBIDITY ARE ON A CONTINUUM WITH DEATH. Pesticides not only generate disease and contribute to early deaths, they also precede sudden deaths in terms of acute poisoning symptoms. And if diseases or poisoning events are indicated as being associated with pesticide use, then increased numbers of deaths (whether known or unknown; recall how untraceable pesticide movement is) will also logically follow.

By their very nature (silent, largely invisible, and difficult to identify and measure, especially in blood tests hours or days after ingestion and death) toxic chemicals are a very problematic quantity in terms of attributing their application, usage or even spillage directly as assertive causative disease or death agents. Nevertheless, given the burden of evidence now compounding and compressing lightyears ahead of lagged toxicological studies and legislation, this incredibly awkward dynamic itself now posits MASSIVE AND WORLDWIDE POISONING AS AN EXTREMELY COMMON OUTCOME OF PESTICIDE USE.

Why? How? Because it is known that mild to moderate pesticide poisoning symptoms can be easily misdiagnosed as stomach-flu, bronchitis or asthma (Reeves, Schafer, Hallward & Katten 1999:17). And, with a little more complexity added: “Because most of the symptoms of pesticide exposure, from respiratory distress to difficulty in concentration, are common in children and may also have other causes, pesticide-related illnesses often go unrecognized and unreported” (Owens and Feldman 2004:17, citing National Environmental Education and Training Foundation 2002).

Therefore, much illness is produced through pesticide and other chemical exposures as a supplementary or primary cause, but which illness is typically more easily and automatically attributed in millions of clinics worldwide to general cold/flu/gastro infections, and pollens and stress. This is especially so when the patient has only five minutes to explain their symptoms to the doctor. This dynamic, along with medical practitioners’ general ignorance of pesticide poisoning symptoms, assists greatly in concealing the huge range of pesticide impacts on human health.

3.1 Bedfellows: Pesticide, Disease And Death

Where is the modern rash of sudden deaths and new and resurgent disease coming from?

3.1.1 Direct Links Between Pesticide And Disease

• “Several pesticides, such as pyrethrins and pyrethroids, organophosphates and carbamates, are also known to cause or exacerbate asthma symptoms” (Owens and Feldman 2004:17, citing Salam. M., et al. 2004).

• Cancers, foetal death, miscarriages, premature births (NCAP, 1999:3; Bonn, 2005; Cox, 2004) and ADHD (Cox, 2004) are all now linked to pesticides.

• There are increased stillbirth rates with proximity to agricultural areas using organophosphate – pyrethroid – carbamate – or chlorinated pesticides (Sinclair & Pressinger, no date, citing Bell, et al. 2001).

• “A National Cancer Institute researcher who matched pesticide data and medical records in ten California agricultural counties recently reported that pregnant women living within nine miles of farms where pesticides are sprayed have an increased risk of losing an unborn baby to birth defects” (Owens and Feldman 2004:17, citing Bell, E., et al. 2001).

• Pesticides are strongly linked to birth defects (Montague 2001).

• “Studies show that children exposed to pesticides suffer elevated rates of leukemia, brain cancer, and soft tissue sarcoma” (Owens and Feldman 2004:17, citing Ma, X. et al. 2002).

• “Two separate studies in Sweden have linked exposure to Glyphosate to Hairy Cell Leukemia and Non Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. These types of cancers were extremely rare, however Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma is the most rapidly increasing cancer in the Western world. It has risen by 73% in the USA since 1973. Another study has found a higher incidence of Parkinson disease amongst farmers who used herbicides, including glyphosate” (Leu 2007, citing Cox 1998; Lehmann & Pengue 2000; Nordstrom, et al. 1998; Hardell & Eriksson 1999).

• Further, Swedish researchers have linked Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma to several commonly used pesticides. This cancer is increasing in the Western world extremely rapidly. Another study showed that Swedish sufferers were significantly more likely to have been exposed to MCPA (“Target”), fungicides and glyphosate (“Round-Up”) (Nexus 1999:7).

• Roundup is “a known carcinogen, neurotoxin, irritant, and has been found to kill human embryonic cells, and can cause kidney and liver damage” (BeyondPesticides.org 2012).

3.1.2 Traveller/Backpacker Pesticide Deaths In South-East Asia

“In the last three years, a dozen vacationers have died under suspicious circumstances in tourist areas of Thailand and Vietnam” (CBC News 2012).

As well, the article titled “Mysterious Deaths to Travelers in Southeast Asia: Pesticides are Blamed (VIDEOs). The World Health Organization suspects poisonous pesticides”, reports a rash of incidents involving the death of tourists. A number of young women and an elderly couple have died under suspicious circumstances. Typically, low blood pressure, respiratory distress, vomiting and dehydration, and cardiac arrest feature as symptoms before death. Both a TV3 investigation and the Thailand Disease Control Department appear to agree that pesticide poisoning is the culprit. The “Downtown Hotel”, where a number of deaths occurred, was destroyed. Another guesthouse where deaths occurred changed its name (Feldman 2012). As well: “Other media reports linked Bowerman’s and Huynh’s deaths to the 2009 deaths of Jill St. Onge and Julie Bergheim, who had similar symptoms in adjacent rooms at the Laleena Guesthouse on the island of Phi Phi. (The hotel has since changed its name)” (eTN Global Travel Industry News 2012).

Note: “The chemical chlorpyrifos is illegal for any use inside a home or hotel in most countries of the world. However, it is still legal in Thailand and Vietnam, according to Dr. McDowell [a U.N. toxic chemical consultant], and was found to be an ingredient in the pesticide that had been sprayed in the Downtown Inn. “The level of (chlorpyrifos) in this product is quite low and should not normally cause a problem. However, in my work we have found many sprayer companies ‘top up’ the level of (chlorpyrifos) when they are battling bedbugs in Asia” ” (Feldman 2012).

3.1.3 Pesticide Deaths (Human And Animal) Worldwide

A directly attributable death from a pesticide treatment: “Excerpt from Beyond Pesticides original blog post: Pesticide Exposure Kills Woman, Three Years Later EPA Files Complaint (Beyond Pesticides, December 22, 2008) The U.S. EPA has filed an administrative complaint, seeking a maximum penalty of only $4,550, against a pest control company that sprayed pesticides in a couple’s home, causing the wife to die shortly thereafter. It has been more than three years since the incident took place in Florence, Oregon…” (Philbrick 2009:3).

Deaths in the most vulnerable group: “The study compares 43,500 birth outcomes between 1995 and 1997, compiled by the National Center for Health Statistics in selected counties of Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota and Montana… Death rates from birth malformations among male infants in high-wheat counties are more than twice the rates in low-wheat counties. In addition, the study finds an increased chance of circulatory and respiratory (excluding heart) malformations for infants conceived from April to June, a time that more than 85% of the acreage treated with chlorophenoxy herbicides is applied on durum wheat in the states studied” (Kepner 2003:5).

“In this issue, we cover the bad news: pesticides linked to… the death of 58 cows due to pesticide poisoning…” (Feldman 2003).

3.1.4 Pesticide Deaths And Non-English Speaking Pesticide Use In Australia

Sam Vella, 56, died of cardiac arrest while using a common herbicide in a paddock next to his house in Sydney’s south-west (Robinson 2010). It should be noted that the article stated that Mr. Vella’s older brother thought that Sam did not die from the pesticide itself. However, two clues remain: the older brother (who looks fairly fit and strong in the Herald’s photo of him), while demonstrating confidence in his own frequent use of the herbicide product, admitted that Sam had been ill following a stroke. Further, in the article, a police officer stated that “the three people who tried to help Vella were affected by the weed killer”, though a later statement seemed to indicate that, ultimately, the three were not treated (ibid.).

However, another news article was more definitive in stating that Sam Vella died “after ingesting the toxic fumes”. As well, the article noted that ambulance paramedics described the herbicide Vella had been using as a “highly toxic” chemical. Further, the article stated that the three individuals who tried to help Mr. Vella “showed signs of poisoning, including nausea and vomiting, and were taken to Liverpool Hospital” (Bevin 2010).

There are two critically important points that need to be made here. Given that the above article stated that after the event “21 people required decontamination due to chemical exposure” and that “NSW Ambulance Service District Inspector John Ellems said the toxicity of the chemical made the scene very dangerous for everybody” (ibid.), one must ask WHY ARE ORDINARY PEOPLE PERMITTED TO USE SUCH TOXIC PRODUCTS AT WILL AND DOMESTICALLY?

Further to this issue: “Weed and feed formulations of 2,4-D encourage repeated applications over the entire lawn area, rather than selective application to areas where weeds are present. Typically, weeds exist in only a small fraction of a lawn. Moreover, there is evidence that a substantial number of consumers do not recognize weed and feed formulations as pesticides. Furthermore, not all people read and follow label instructions. One study recently determined that only 53% of households report reading and carefully following the label when using pesticides and fertilizers” (www.panna.org 2005).

Further still in terms of the diabolical situation created by selling toxic pesticide products to those who cannot read the labels effectively, a ground-breaking study done on non-English speaking market gardeners in the Sydney Basin (Australia) by Prof. Frances Parker of the University of Western Sydney found that:

“Mostly growers (69%) could not read the labels on the chemical containers. Those who could read them said, “they were clear”. This, however, must be interpreted with caution, as the meaning they take from the labels may not necessarily be correct. All, particularly the women, stated that if the labels were in Arabic it would be easier for all of them to read it. Sometimes Johny (a former NSW Agriculture extension officer), or other Lebanese with experience, or their young children, help them to read the labels. Usually they buy fertilisers and chemicals from Lebanese shops or other stores. Sometimes the shopkeeper suggests that they buy and use suitable and effective chemicals. Most said that they spray once a fortnight. Although they stated that they use gloves and a mask, in practice they do not. In other words, they give the “expected response” to the question rather than the reality. Most mix the chemicals with bare hands and using a long stick for mixing. Most said that they disposed of the empty cans by the garbage bin, or by burning. One used the empty containers for storing petrol. They also stated that it is only when sprays do not work that they remove the diseased plants. The farm women wash the clothes after spraying, but only 15% washed them separately from their other clothes” (Parker 2000:65-66). I proof-read and created the graphics for this book. Prof. Parker was my former PhD Supervisor.

Few restrictions exist in terms of domestic pesticide use. Are those who have preexisting medical conditions ever effectively warned away from using toxic herbicides? Even owners of blocks of units apparently cannot prescribe how tenants use or don’t use domestic insecticides! The entire issue of pesticide use is a unregulated nightmare of global public health and slow-rolling Extinction Level Event proportions, all in supreme favor of continued and massive pesticide sales.

3.2 Global Disease Patterns on the Tail of Massive Pesticide Use

And broadly, how do these pesticide and other chemical causative agents trend in terms of global disease patterns?

• There is an increasing incidence of newly recognized or emerging, or re-emerging (resurgent) older diseases (World Health Organization 2002:10). Please see my Essay titled “DISEASE AMPLIFICATION IN THIS MODERN ERA: A DISASTROUS COMBINATION OF FACTORS” (https://poisonedpeople1.wordpress.com/2012/10/15/disease-amplification-in-this-modern-era-a-disastrous-combination-of-factors/).

Toxic chemical technologies are leading us into an era of unprecedented disease manifestation and resurgence!

• And on a slightly different note, also observe that the above data automatically demonstrate immeasurable loss of quality and potential of life in these tragically abbreviated, earlier adult and child deaths through pesticide-induced disease, be that chronic disease or sudden disease (acute symptoms) and death onset.

• If you are unborn, if you are a baby, if you are elderly, if you suffer from an existing illness (Ashley, et al. 2006:5, citing Watson, et al. 2003), or if you are pregnant (Ashley, et al. 2006:4, citing Avakian 2001), then you will be susceptible to poisoning from chlorpyrifos and “possibly the entire class of organophosphates” (ibid.) and even the so-called “safer” pyrethroids and their adjuvants and ‘inert’ ingredients.

As well, you may be subject to SUDDEN DEATH, if your existing illness includes stroke, Lyme or Lupus, Multiple Chemical Sensitivity, a neurodegenerative disorder, OR even if you are young and fit and healthy and travel to South-East Asia for the trip of your death.
CONCLUSION

We have learnt in this Essay that we live inside a technological regime that demands we swamp our natural, living world with killer chemicals. The use of these chemicals is increasing. Further, pesticides are infinitely mobile and will find you wherever you are. Pesticides generate stillbirths, malformations, dysfunction (such as weed resistance), disease, debility, death and tragedy across the board.

Therefore, the chemical treatment of insect pest problems is a wholly inadequate, indeed massively destructive form of “technological fix”. The fact we are on such a synthetic treadmill, and have wrought so deep a wound in the fabric of a single Planet’s Web of Life, is a disgrace beyond words.

We may one day learn that to “fix” is not to fix, that the only way forward is with the permission of all the natural forces that we are immersed in.

However, until that dawning day and paradigm shift we are firmly tethered to the harsh lessons of this life. We are framed by problems so great that we would be accurate to describe our exposure to vehicle exhaust emissions, and pesticides, and food additives, and chlorine, and flouride, and sick building VOCs, and radiation, and pollution in this modern era as either an example of exceptional synchronous and accidental blundering across all human thought and activities, or a strangely coordinated worldwide assault (and profound learning experience) upon the very viability of human existence: an authored Extinction Level Event.

And further to our immortal and generationally repeating demand for self-destruction and the denial of the obvious:

“Most tragically, suffering, illness and disease surround us today in a way we would not have imagined a half century ago. We have banished some diseases only to have them replaced by a grumbling yet profound toxicity which is stripping our children of their rightful future” (Donohoe, 1998:38).

And, to sum up, an Aldous Huxley quote: “We are living now, not in the delicious intoxication induced by the early successes of science, but in a rather grisly morning-after, when it has become apparent that what triumphant science has done hitherto is to improve the means for achieving unimproved or actually deteriorated ends” (Huxley 2004).
NOTES

[1] a) Op. cit., M.P. Longnecker et al., 2001, reference 19a.
b) N. Pant, R. Shankar, and S.P. Srivastava, In utero and lactational exposure of carbofuran to rats: effect on testes and sperm, Hum Exp Toxicol, May 1997, 16(5): 267-72.
c) Op. cit., National Research Council, 2000, reference 22.
d) G. Solomon, and T. Schettler, Generations at risk: Reproductive health and the environment, (MIT Press) July 1999.
e) T. Schettler, J. Stein, F. Reich, et al., In harm’s way: Toxic threats to child development, Greater Boston Physicians for Social Responsibility (Red Sun Press, Boston, MA), May 2000, see http://www.igc.org/psr/ihwrept/ihwcomplete.pdf.

[2] Gary Whitmyre, D.A.B.T., risksciences, LLC, 2111 Wilson Blvd., Suite 600 Arlington, Virginia 22201 (703) 351-5072 riskscicom@aol.com.

[3] Schafer, et al. 2001, reference 15; and Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA), POPs Residues in U.S. Diets. PANUPS, 4 December 2000, see http://www.panna.org/resources/pinups/panup_20001204.dv).

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