Harvesting Hope: Empowering Women in Pest Management

In rural Asia, the use of pesticides has permeated even the remotest village. The availability of highly toxic pesticides, lack of information and knowledge of their hazards, aggressive marketing by the industry, as well as poverty, illiteracy, and lack of health facilities ensure that pesticides are a major cause of poisoning in rural farming communities. It is thus not surprising that in the south alone an estimated 25 million workers and farmers are poisoned by pesticides. Farmers and agricultural workers are exposed to pesticides directly when they are mixing and spraying these pesticides. Communities and consumers are insidiously exposed to pesticides through contamination of the soil, air and water. The chronic effects of pesticides are particularly alarming when new studies link certain pesticides to cancer, lowered fertility and to suppression of our immune systems. Growing concern about the serious nature of pesticide problems and the costs associated with their use have prompted efforts to reduce pesticides use, and to seek more sustainable alternatives.


Title: Harvesting Hope: Empowering Women in Pest Management
Authors: Sarojeni V. Rengam
Tags: pesticides
Integrated Pest Management
sustainable agriculture
Date: 15-Oct-1998
Publisher: Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific
URI: http://library.ipamglobal.org/jspui/handle/ipamlibrary/461
Category Type: Books
Appears in Sub-Collections:Women in Agriculture

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