Pesticide poisoning has rapidly increased in Argentina as Monsanto-seed
pesticided crops ramped up.
Meanwhile in Georgia, 90+% of common crops already are doused in pesticides.
What effects are all those poisons having on our own children and adults?
Argentine farmworker Fabian Tomasi wasn’t trained to use protective
gear as he pumped pesticides into crop dusters. Now at 47, he’s a
Schoolteacher Andrea Druetta lives in a town where it’s illegal to
spray agrochemicals within 550 yards of homes, and yet soy is
planted just 33 yards from her back door. Recently, her boys were
showered in chemicals while swimming in their backyard pool.
Sofia Gatica’s search for answers after losing her newborn to kidney
failure led to Argentina’s first criminal convictions for illegal
spraying last year. But 80 percent of her neighbors’ children
surveyed carry pesticides in their blood.
Purveyors of conventional and genetically-modified (GM) crops — and the
pesticides and herbicides that accompany them — are finally getting a
taste of their own legal medicine. Minnesota’s Star Tribune has reported
that the Minnesota Court of Appeals recently ruled that a large organic
farm surrounded by chemical-laden conventional farms can seek damages for
lost crops, as well as lost profits, caused by the illegal trespassing
of pesticides and herbicides on its property.
Oluf and Debra Johnson’s 1,500-acre organic farm in Stearns County,
Minn., has repeatedly been contaminated by nearby conventional and
GMO farms since the couple started it in the 1990s. A local pesticide
cooperative known as Paynesville Farmers Union (PFU), which is near the
farm, has been cited at least four times for violating pesticide laws,
and inadvertently causing damage to the Johnson’s farm.
The first time it was realized that pesticides had drifted onto the
Johnson’s farm in 1998, PFU apologized, but did not agree to pay for
damages. As anyone with an understanding of organic practices knows,
even a small bit of contamination can result in having to plow under
that season’s crops, forget profits, and even lose the ability to grow
organic crops in the same field for at least a couple years.
And all most people have done so far is let it slide.
But the Johnsons did something.
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