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Re: Pollution
« Reply #150 on: January 22, 2015, 08:55:00 pm »

Workers receive compensation fourteen years on

After fourteen years 14,000 sick banana workers from Costa Rica have finally received compensation for physical and psychological damage that they suffered after being exposed to the banned crop protection agent Nemagon during the years 1967 to 1979, reports the German website Fruchtnews.de.

It has been proven that Nemagon can cause health issues such as infertility, cancer, miscarriages and genetic malformations.  :(    In 1979 Costa Rica banned the import of Nemagon.


Publication date: 12/18/2014
http://www.freshplaza.com/article/132697/Workers-receive-compensation-fourteen-years-on


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Chemicals Commonly Used and Their Effects  >:(

Fruit companies use chemicals at almost every stage of growing. Fertilizers are used to keep the soil fertile, herbicides to keep the growing area vegetation free, nematicides to protect roots from damage, fungicides to prevent damaging fungi. Chemicals are even used during the packing process. (http://members.tripod.com/foro_emaus/BanPlan...)

In most plantations, workers are not provided with or cautioned to wear protective safety gear.      Workers are potentially exposed to a virtual Molotov cocktail of chemicals on a daily basis. This exposure without protection is a large contributor to the high rates of negative health effects.

One of the most infamous, Dibromo-chloro-propane (DBCP) is also known as Nemagon.
In the 1950's companies that manufactured the chemical and the federal government were aware of this nematicides chromosome disrupting properties but still approved it for use. In 1977, after a group of factory workers in California were discovered to be sterile after working with DBCP, it was outlawed in the U.S. Dole, however, continued to use the chemical until December of 1978.

The United Nations Environmental Programme presented a case study on Nemagon lawsuits. "I was 21 years old, what did I know? Nobody told us anything. For two years, I applied Nemagon without mask, gloves, or protecting clothing. You pump it directly into the ground. Sometimes, the pressure made the liquid splash right in your face. You could feel the hideous smell across 100 meters" stated a banana plantation worker interviewed for the study. Nemagon has been connected to headaches, male sterility, nausea, cancer, and damage to the stomach, lungs, kidneys, brain, spleen, eyes, blood, and liver.

Other toxins often used in fruit plantations are Timex, Paraquat, and Parathion. One of the primary ingredients in Timex, is Aldicarb. The EPA classifies Aldicarb as one of the most acutely toxic pesticides registered. (http://www.pesticide.org/get-the-facts/pesti...) it has been tied to immune system abnormality, stillbirths and tumors.

Paraquat  , a herbicide, can cause death with one teaspoonful if ingested.  It can also cause permanent lung damage, skin blistering and ulcers, necrosis, temporary loss of nails, dermal burns, nose bleeds, loss of eyesight, liver/kidney/heart failure, and lung scarring.

The neurotoxin Parathion is used as an insecticide that can cause sweating, dizziness, convulsion, cardiac arrest, respiratory arrest, central nervous system depression, paralysis, coma, and death.  (http://www.pan-uk.org/pestnews/Actives/paraq...) (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12554434) (http://www.epa.gov/ttnatw01/hlthef/parathio....)

From Costa Rica to Nicaragua, to Guatemala, the Honduras, Africa and beyond farm workers have been suffering from the effects of exposure to these chemicals. Employees and their families are effected either by direct contact or a result of environmental contamination of the soil and groundwater. The men and women on these plantations suffer from sterility, miscarriages, depression, cancer, skin infections- basically the host of symptoms associated with the chemicals they work with and are sprayed with every day.  

(http://www.bananalink.org.uk/content/view/25...)

The pesticide atrocity of Nicaragua: Nemagon survivors seek justice after being poisoned

http://www.naturalnews.com/032683_Nicaragua_Nemagon.html#ixzz3PbanGGGw
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