Staff Writer, Nicole Meyer-GreenePesticides / Corporations
Pesticides are not ecologically friendly chemicals. These chemicals are created to kill. Kill weeds, pests.
Perhaps we all should stop using pesticides since it appears that chemical companies refuse to do the right thing: protect people and the Earth. In this interview with academic scientists and a former pesticide lobbyist, we get a clear picture on how poisons are allowed free reign in our environment.
Another case of profits over people...
Tyrone Hayes, scientist at UC Berkeley, was hired by Syngenta many years ago to do studies to prove that their herbicide, atrazine, was safe. What Hayes found was the complete opposite: Atrazine posed serious environmental and human health hazards. Based on his studies, the European Union banned the toxic herbicide in 2004. The U.S. EPA and Health Canada, on the other hand, allowed its continued use. The toxic herbicide is used mainly on corn crops and millions of pounds is applied across North America every year. "Atrazine is the number one contaminant found in drinking water in the U.S. and probably globally,” says Hayes. Syngenta stalked and attacked Hayes for a decade. But he didn't back down.
WATCH this 16 minute exposé from Canada's 16X9 revealing Hayes' story and his 10+ year battle with the eco-terrorist agrichemical giant, Syngenta.
Source: Global News