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close this bookCircle of poison - Pesticides and People in a Hungry World (Food First, 1981)
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View the documentAcknowledgments
View the documentPreface
View the documentChapter one - The circle of poison
View the documentChapter two - A victim every minute
View the documentChapter three - Dumping: Business as usual
View the documentChapter four - The pesticide boomerang
View the documentChapter five - Pesticides to feed the hungry ?
View the documentChapter six - The global pesticides super-market
View the documentChapter seven - Lubricating the sales machine
View the documentChapter eight - With the advice and consent of government
View the documentChapter nine - Breaking the circle of poison
View the documentBureaucracy glossary
View the documentAppendix A
View the documentAppendix B
View the documentAppendix C
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Pesticides and Pills: For Export Only. This hard-hitting two-part documentary probes the dumping of pesticides and medicines in the third world. Made by Robert Richter for PBS, the 1981 film includes an interview with Circle of Poison co-author David Weir. The two one-hour segments are available on 16mm film or video. Contact Robert Richter Productions, 330 West 42nd St., New York, NY 10036, (212) 947 - 1396.

The Cost of Cotton. By using large amounts of DDT and other pesticides, Guatemala has quietly become the world's most efficient producer of cotton. But the costs have been high: numerous deaths and thousands of poisonings result each year from the intensity of the spraying. DDT levels in mother's milk are the highest ever recorded. This probing, 30-minute documentary chronicles the grave health and environmental problems created by this economic miracle. Available in 16mm film or 3/4-inch video tape; French and Spanish versions also available. Winner, Lille International Film Festival; Finalist, American Film Festival. Available from Jim Watson, 176 Linda St., San Francisco, CA 94110, (415) 285-5979, or Luis Argueta, 444 West 46th St., Apt. I-D, New York, NY 10036, (212) 245-75328.

Pills, Pesticides and Profits: The International Trade in Toxic Substances by Karim Ahmed, S. Jacob Scherr and Robert Richter. A major book on international dumping, to be published in early 1982 by North River Press, Box 241, Croton-on-Hudson, NY 10520, $ 10.95.

"Export of Hazardous Products," Hearings before the Subcommittee on International Economic Policy and Trade, House Committee on Foreign Affairs, 86th Congress, 2nd session, June 5 and 12, Sept. 9, 1980.

Information packet on dumping available from the Natural Resources Defense Council, 1725 I St. NW, Suite 600, Washington DC 20006, (202) 223-8210.