PESTICIDE ACTION NETWORK NORTH AMERICA UPDATES SERVICE
Online Resource Pointer #4
May 27, 1994
For copies of the following resources, please contact the
appropriate publishers or organizations directly.
*Trading Away U.S. Food Safety, 1994* Patti Goldman and
Richard Wiles. This report analyzes the Uruguay Round's
provisions and their effect on existing U.S. food safety
laws, with a particular focus on pesticide regulation. It
discusses the detrimental effects the Uruguay Round could
have on state food safety and environmental measures, with a
focus on California. The report critiques the standard-
setting process of the Codex Alimentarius Commission, and
highlights the heavy agribusiness and chemical industry
influence, Codex's inadequate (or virtually nonexistent) data
requirements, and its policies concerning exposures to
carcinogenic residues that are far less protective than U.S.
standards. 86pp. US$50.00 corporate and US$20.00 consumer.
Public Citizen Publications, Dept. GATT, Suite 600, 2000 P
Street N.W., Washington, D.C. 20036; phone (202) 833-3000;
fax (202) 296-1727.
*Pesticides: Pesticide Reregistration May Not Be Completed
Until 2006, May 1993.* United States General Accounting
Office. According to program projections EPA made in March
1993, the agency will not reassess and reregister all
pesticide products as expected. EPA has estimated that it
could complete the reassessment of all 642 pesticides in 2001
or 2004 and then complete product reregistration in 2003 or
2006, respectively, depending on whether projected funding
limitations are addressed. The factors that have affected
the program funding are discussed in detail in this report.
37pp. The first copy of each GAO report and testimony is
free. Additional copies are US$2.00 each. U.S. General
Accounting Office, P.O. Box 6015, Gaithersburg, MD 20884-
6015; phone (202) 512-6000; fax (301) 258-4066.
*Farmers and Pesticides: A Pilot Study on Pesticide Handling
Practices and Health Impact of Pesticides on Farmers, 1993.*
Dr. Deepika Kothari and Vinod Joshi. This report, based on a
pilot study carried out in Udaipur district of Rajasthan,
India highlights the problems that Indian farmers using
agrochemicals face through lack of information among both the
applicators and mixers and the pesticide promoters such as
plant protection personnel, entomologists, agriculture
extension officers, doctors, and health workers. The first
study of its kind in the Rajasthan region, the authors offer
suggestions for reform which include: promotion of
Integrated Pest Management (IPM); safety training through
the agricultural department and NGOs; enforcement of
legislation that protects the farmers; and encouraging
agricultural universities to conduct pesticide residue
analyses. 66pp. Dr. Deepika Kothari, Rajastan Voluntary
Health Association, B-72, Devi Path, Takhi-e-Shahi Road,
Jaipur, 302004, India.
*Chaneg: Women and Pesticides, July-December, 1993.*
Cordillera Women's Education and Resource Center. "Chaneg"
is a Filipino term for a tough and flexible strip of bamboo
used to bind firewood or meat. During harvest season, men and
women receive equal shares of "chaneg" but at the end of
harvest, men are paid more for the same amount of work.
"Chaneg" represents a vision of a future of equality between
both women and men as well as the strength and resilience of
the Cordillera women. This issue, (Vol. 4, No. 3/4), focuses
on the history of women's role in agricultural production in
the Philippines. Female laborers, whose role was once to
weed, manually control pests, and select seeds for storage,
has been displaced by the green revolution and pesticides.
Today these women are exposed to pesticides for longer and
more continuous periods of time than men because planting the
crops has traditionally been their role in agriculture. Men
are usually exposed to pesticides only during application.
27pp. US$10.00 or P40.00 per copy. Chaneg, P.O. Box 7691,
GARCOM, Baguio City (752) DAPO 1300 Domestic Road, Pasay
*A Report on Pesticides, 1994.* Pesticides Watch. This
report is an update of the pesticide scene in Nepal between
1993-1994. One of the highlights of this report is the
Nepalese governments decision to enforce the "Pesticides Act"
in June 1994, which is aimed to regulate the pesticide
industry in that country. 8pp. Pesticide Watch, Nepal Forum
of Environmental Journalists, P.O. Box 5143, Kathmandu,
Nepal; phone (977-1) 227691 or 211891; fax (977-1) 227691;
*International Advocacy Handbook, 1993.* World Wildlife Fund
(WWF). The handbook does not attempt to cover everything,
but provides a rough idea of how the international policy
process works and some practical suggestions for promoting
NGO concerns in international negotiations and meetings.
28pp. WWF International, Avenue du Mont Blanc, CH1196 Gland,
Switzerland; phone (41-22) 364 91 11; fax (41-22) 364 58 29.
*NYCAP News.* New York Coalition for Alternatives to
Pesticides. A quarterly newsletter of NYCAP, a citizens
organization committed to public education and advocacy to
reduce pesticide hazards. Some topics include: alternatives
and integrated pest management policies; organochlorines and
breast cancer; high incidence of cancer linked with golf
courses; agent orange litigation, airline pesticide spraying,
and much more. Annual membership or subscription dues vary
from US$50-200 for business, US$25 for individuals; to US$6-
10 for low income. NYCAP, P.O. Box 6005, Albany, NY 12206-
0005; phone (518) 426-8246 or (518) 426-9331.
*Intercountry Programme for the Development and Application
of Integrated Pest Control in Rice in South and South-East
Asia, Phase I and II, 1994.* Food and Agriculture
Organization of the United Nations, (FAO). This program was
established on the request of the participating governments
to assist with the development of integrated pest management
to pest control in rice production. Since the situation was
similar in all intensified rice producing areas in Asia, a
regional approach was considered to be the most effective
strategy, because it would enhance cooperation and
coordination among countries (i.e., Bangladesh, China, India,
Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand, and
Vietnam. This report highlights the project findings and
recommendations. FAO, David Lubin Memorial Library,
Reference and Documentary Information Section, Via delle
Terme di Caracalla, 00100 Rome, Italy.
*Communities at Risk: Contaminated Communities Speak out on
Superfund, 1994.* Communities at Risk Network. This report
outlines what communities living near contaminated sites
consider to be problems. Superfund sites in this report
include: DDT in Stringfellow Acid Pits, Riverside, CA; DDT in
Gary, IN; dioxin in Diamond Alkali Company, Newark, NJ; and
dioxin in Aberdeen, South Carolina. US$15. Communities at
Risk, c/o The Center for Community Action and Environmental
Justice (CCAEJ), P.O. Box 33124, Riverside, CA 92519; phone
(909) 360-8451. Make checks payable to "CCAEJ."
*Farming More Sustainably in the South: Nine Farmers'
Stories, 1994.* Stories from nine farmers in the southern
U.S. include: low-input dairy farming in South Carolina;
organic cotton in Tennessee; improving soil organically in
Alabama; polycropping grains in Texas; sugarcane crops in
Louisiana; cut-flowers in Arkansas; cover-cropping with
market cotton; pumpkins in Oklahoma; and organic cotton in
Texas. 30pp. Michael Sligh, Southern Sustainable Agriculture
Working Group, Box 727, Mauldin, SC 29662; phone: (803) 297-
8562 or Keith Richards, Farmer Story Coordinator, 1533 S.
Duncan, Fayetteville, AR 72701; phone (501) 521-7922.
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