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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
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Library of Congress Cataloging in Publication Data

Weir, David, 1947
Circle of Poison

Includes bibliographical references
1. Pesticides - Toxicology.
2. Pesticides - Environmental aspects.
3. Pesticides - Industry.
I. Schapiro, Mark,. 1955 -
II. Institute for Food and Development Policy (San Francisco, CA)
III. Title.

RA1270. P4W4



ISBN 0-935028-09-9 (pbk.)


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Cover and book design by Kerry Tremain
Production by Claire B. Greensfelder
Cover drawing by Kirk Ditzler
Cover photograph by Nick Allen

Our thanks to everyone on the staffs of the Institute for Food and Development Policy and the Center for Investigative Reporting. At the Institute, especially Frances Moore Lappé for her editing, Joe Collins for his editorial ideas and information from overseas, David Kinley for his information from India, Doug Basinger, Jennifer Lovejoy and Stephen King for their copyediting and production help, and Gretta Goldenman for her work to publicize the book.

At the Center, Dan Noyes, Becky O'Malley and Maureen O'Neill Holcher, for their support during the long period we worked on this book.

In addition, we appreciate the editorial assistance of Nick Allen.

There were many, many others, both here and overseas, who supplied information or helped in other ways to make this book possible. They include Alberto Donadio, Daniel Samper and Elkin Bustamante (Colombia), Fernando Mazariegos and Jerry La Gra (Guatemala), W. F. Almeida (Brazil), Samuel Gitonga and Julie Kosterlitz (Kenya), Luise Custer, the Consumer Association of Penang (Malaysia), the Farmer's Assistance Board (Philippines), and many others whose names cannot appear here. We are especially indebted to those who supplied information but must remain anonymous for reasons of personal and political safety.

In the U.S. we thank Howard Bray of the Fund for Investigative Journalism, Benton Rhoades of the National Council of Churches, Terry Jacobs, Jacob Scherr, Noel Brown, Maureen Hinkle, Barry Castleman, Doug Shane, Ralph Lightstone, Ellen Widess, Mike Schneider, Skip Stiles, Mary Shinoff, Herb Mills, Raul Ramirez, Chris Jenkins, Fred Goff, Howard Kohn, Diana Kohn, Linda French, and Alison Weir, who first noticed that packet of Kool-Aid.

This project would not have been possible without the financial support of the Fund for Investigative Journalism, Agricultural Missions of the National Council of Churches, United Presbyterian Church in the U.S.A. and the Tides Foundation. David Weir and Mark Schapiro.