Pesticides kill Africans

This video is called Systemic Pesticides = Bird Decline, Insect Decline, Human Decline.

From daily The Morning Star in Britain:

Pesticide sickness ‘could cost $90bn’

Thursday 06 September 2012

The potential cost of pesticide-related illnesses in sub-Saharan Africa between 2005 and 2020 could reach $90 billion (£55bn), the United Nations warned today.

It said the estimated cost of pesticide poisoning exceeds the total amount of international aid for basic health services for the region, excluding HIV/Aids.

The UN Environment Programme (UNEP) warned that the increasing production of chemicals, especially in emerging economies, is damaging the environment and increasing health costs.

It urged governments and industry to step-up efforts to produce and use chemicals that minimise adverse effects on human health.

Rachel Massey of the Massachusetts Toxics Use Reduction Institute warned that chemical production is growing worldwide but the growth is most rapid in emerging economies.

For the next eight years, she said, chemical production in North America and Europe is expected to grow by about 25 per cent compared with growth of about 50 per cent in the Asia-Pacific region, about 40 per cent in Africa and the Middle East and about 33 per cent in Latin America.

UNEP said that chemicals have become so important to daily life that the value of their output has grown to $4.12 trillion (£2.6trn), compared to $171bn (£100bn) 40 years ago.

But of the more than 140,000 chemicals on the market today, UNEP said only a fraction have been thoroughly evaluated for effects on health and the environment.

Poisoning from industrial and agricultural chemicals is among the top five leading causes of death worldwide, contributing to over one million deaths annually.

When it Comes to Pesticides, Birds are Sitting Ducks: here.

11 thoughts on “Pesticides kill Africans

  1. Pingback: US corporation poisons garden birds | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  2. Pingback: Galápagos tomato help against pesticides | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  3. Pingback: New bat species discovery in Africa | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  4. Pingback: Mine bosses kill Madagascar bees | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  5. Pingback: Mine bosses kill Madagascar bees « toolwielder

  6. Pingback: American pygmy sunfish in danger | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  7. Pingback: Pesticide bird crime in England | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  8. Pingback: Pesticides kill bees, new research | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  9. Pingback: Colombian, Kenyan flower industry workers exploited | Dear Kitty. Some blog

  10. Pingback: Lethal child labour in the USA | Dear Kitty. Some blog

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.