Toxic Trail Part One (2001)

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With annual sales of over 30 billion US dollars, the pesticide industry is big business. Despite manufacturers claims that they try hard to encourage `responsible use' of their chemicals, every year more than 25 million cases of pesticide poisoning are reported, with nearly all the victims in developing countries. The report uncovers the scale of the problem by following the flow of chemicals from their manufacturers in Thailand across the open border into Cambodia, where they are posing a serious threat to human health and the environment. Methyl parathion, Monocrotophos, and Mevinphos, all classified as `extremely hazardous' by the World Health Organisation and banned or restricted in many developed countries are sold freely, and widely used by poor farmers across Cambodia with no safeguards whatsoever.

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