“I am alive today, but part of the farming population is going to be
sacrificed and is going to die because of this,” Francois, 47, told
He and other farmers suffering from illness set up an association
last year to make a case that their health problems should be linked
to their use of crop protection products.
France and the EU have already take other actions:
The Francois case goes back to a period of intensive use of
crop-protection chemicals in the European Union. The EU and its
member countries have since banned a large number of substances
Monsanto’s Lasso was banned in France in 2007 following an EU
directive after the product had already been withdrawn in some other
France, the EU’s largest agricultural producer, is now targetting a
50 percent reduction in pesticide use between 2008 and 2018, with
initial results showing a 4 percent cut in farm and non-farm use in
Because of the dangerousness of these products, in the country,
nobody says anything, it’s omerta!
Why such a vow of silence?
The pressure of lobbyists is strong according to Paul François.
He says the dangers of pesticides may be as important as those of
I would say worse, because asbestos doesn’t usually drift
across the road onto you, and isn’t deliberately applied
to most crops, unlike RoundUp.
It’s time to break the silence, so we won’t have so many
farmers and children and other people being made sick by pesticides.
An expert panel that advises the president on cancer said Thursday that Americans are facing “grievous harm” from chemicals in the air, food and water that have largely gone unregulated and ignored.
The President’s Cancer Panel called for a new national strategy that focuses on such threats in the environment and workplaces.
Epidemiologists have long maintained that tobacco use, diet and other factors are responsible for most cancers, and that chemicals and pollutants cause only a small portion — perhaps 5 percent.
The presidential panel said that figure has been “grossly underestimated” but it did not provide a new estimate.
“With the growing body of evidence linking environmental exposures to cancer, the public is becoming increasingly aware of the unacceptable burden of cancer resulting from environmental and occupational exposures that could have been prevented through appropriate national action,” the panel wrote in a report released Thursday.
Federal chemical laws are weak, funding for research and enforcement is inadequate, and regulatory responsibilities are split among too many agencies, the panel found.