Monday, 18 June 2007

Milliband and Defra Hear no evil, See no evil, Smell no evil.

Hear no evil, see no evil, smell no evil:-

This has always been the stubborn and perverse response by successive governments to successive 'Royal Commission for The Environment' reports over the years.Scientists have produced substantial evidence that agricultural pesticides and fungicides are unsafe to be used at all, let alone anywhere near to human habitation.

Georgina Downs, leading campaigner, has been given permission by the judge to challenge Government's pesticide policy in the High Court. She is contesting the current method of assessing the dangers and risks to public health from crop-spraying, which is currently based on the model of a bystander. She explains how this is based on a predictive model, which assumes that there will be only be occasional short-term exposure from the immediate spraydrift at the time of application, and to one individual pesticide at a time. It also assumes that the person can walk away and leave the area.
Georgina Downs- "Obviously this model is not appropriate or realistic to address the long-term exposure of a resident actually living in the sprayed area, where they will be repeatedly and frequently exposed to mixtures of pesticides and other hazardous chemicals, throughout every year and in many cases, like ours, for decades. Therefore as you can see this is a completely different type of exposure scenario to that set out for a bystander."

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