Protect Our Children from Toxic Pesticides Newsletter, March 2017
UN Special Rapporteur Agrees With PANAP’s “Replace Chemicals With Biology” In A Legally Binding Global Convention

The report of Hilal Elver, the UN Special Rapporteur on the right to food which was presented during the 34th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) incorporated the findings of PAN Asia Pacific (PANAP). 

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News,Video's and Articles: Impact of Pesticides on Children

Living in Harmony with Nature with Farmer Fung

On World Water Day we featured the interview of Famer Fung who believes in the principle of living in harmony with nature and growing our food without polluting our pristine water source.

 

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More young kids are dying from pollution

Each year, environmental risk such as highly hazardous pesticides second-hand smoke, unsafe water and poor sanitation kill around 1.7 million children between the ages of one month and five years, the reports found. 

 

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2 kids die after ‘taking pesticide mistakenly’

Bangladesh: Two children of a family died and four others fell sick after they “mistakenly took pesticide instead of tea” in Thakurgaon Sadar today, police said.

 

 

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Replacing Chemicals With Agroecology Increases Cambodian Farmers’ Income By Four-Folds

A recent study by  Scholz  (2016) on the impact of Centre d’Etude et de Développement Agricole Cambodgien’s (CEDAC) interventions found that organic farmers that are part of its network have on average 4.8 times more income compared to non-CEDAC farmers. 

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Malaysian activist, Sarojeni Rengam to the fore

 Malaysian activist Sarojeni Rengam has joined the ranks of nominees for an international award for her efforts in mainstreaming gender issues and displaying women leadership in the campaign against toxic pesticides.

Rengam, the Executive Director of Penang-based PAN Asia Pacific (PANAP), is among the nominees for ‘Gender Pioneers for a Future Detoxified’ award, a recognition by the Conferences of the Parties (COPs) to the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm (BRS) Conventions

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Palestinian Children Are Not Spared From The Illegal Dumping Of Pesticides

Last month a joint APN-PANAP revealed some gruesome facts of Palestinian children suffering a myriad of health impacts. A young school child has become a victim of blood cancer. Many are asthmatic or have respiratory problems. Generally, these are the common observations among children in towns near the Israeli-operated Geshuri agrochemical manufacturing plant.

 

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TAKE ACTION 

Sign the petition : Urge the state governments to institute pesticide-free buffer zones around schools

Schools are meant to be safe sanctuaries for children to learn and grow but terrifyingly children in Asia are consistently being poisoned in these supposedly safe learning environments. In two days our partners across Asia and the Pacific are gearing up towards demanding local authorities to set up a 1 km or more buffer zones around their schools. You help bring about change by supporting them too

 

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Children fight back agrochem giant Geshuri for violating rights.

The Israeli company Geshuri Complex, suspected to manufacture toxic pesticides, is close to universities and schools serving 11,000 Palestinian students.

Fumes and toxic wastes from the factory has been linked to increased incidence of respiratory problems, headaches, skin rashes and irritated eyes among children. In an ongoing effort to take collective action in defence of their rights, the students of Fatima Al-Zahra’ School have initiated an online petition to demand the EU ban imports from the Geshuri Complex.

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Editor: Deeppa Ravindran, PANAP's Pesticide Programme Coordinator deeppa.ravindran@panap.net 

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