New Internationalist

Action And Worth Reading

Issue 323

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WORTH READING

The Global Politics of Pesticides by Peter Hough Bugs in the System: Redesigning the Pesticide Industry for Sustainable Agriculture (Earthscan, London, 1998) is a series of essays edited by William Vorley and Dennis Keeney with different viewpoints on the pesticide industry. The Global Politics of Pesticides: Forging Consensus from Conflicting Interests by Peter Hough (Earthscan, London 1998) is a rather academic but informative account of the current state of the pesticides debate; while Living downstream: an ecologist looks at cancer and the environment by Sandra Steingraber (Virago, London 1998) is a lyrical and scientific account of the cancers caused by pesticides in the US. Our Stolen Future by Theo Colborn, Our Stolen Future by Theo Colborn Dianne Dunmanoski and John Peterson Myers (Abacus, London 1996) provides a shocking exposé of the effects of endocrine disruptors. Barbara Dinham’s The Pesticide Hazard: a Global Health and Environmental Audit (Zed Books, London 1993) is a thorough analysis of the global effects of pesticide use. State of the World 2000 (Earthscan, London, 2000) has a good chapter on POPs. Sweeping the Earth: Women Taking Action for a Healthy Planet edited by Miriam Wyman (Ragweed Press, gynergy books, Ottawa 1999) is a feisty look at pesticide campaigns in different parts of the world.

And don’t forget: Rachel Carson’s classic Silent Spring (Penguin, London, 1962). Finally, One World’s website for kids: www.oneworld.net/penguin/index.html has some lively, accessible material on pesticides.


ACTION

INTERNATIONAL
Friends of the Earth International Secretariat
PO Box 19199, 1000 GD,
Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Tel: (+31) 20-6221369
Fax: (+31) 20 6392181
E-mail: foei@foei.org
Website: www.foei.org
A wide range of campaigns including one on genetically modified foods. See website for country-specific details.

Greenpeace International
Campaigns against toxic pollution. For country details see Website: www.greenpeace.org/worldwide.shtml

IFOAM Head Office
c/o Ökozentrum Imsbach,
D-66636 Tholey-Theley, Germany.
Tel: (+49) 6853-5190
Fax: (+49) 6853-30110
E-mail: IFOAM@t-online.de
Website: www.ifoam.org
Represents the worldwide movement of organic agriculture and provides a platform for global exchange and co-operation.

World Wildlife Fund
Global Toxics Initiative Research and campaigns on pesticides, endocrine disruptors and POPs.
Led by Dr Theo Colborn (see Crossed bills and broken eggs).
1250 24th Street, NW, Washington DC.
Tel: (+1) 20037-1175
Fax: (+1) 202/530-0743
E-mail: toxics@wwfus.org
Website: www.worldwildlife.org/toxics

 

AOTEAROA/NEW ZEALAND
The Soil and Health Association of New Zealand
Campaigns on pesticides and health. Aiming to make NZ the first organic nation in the world by 2020.
PO Box 36-170, Northcote, Auckland 1330.
Tel: (+64) 9 480 4440
Fax: (+64) 9 480 4440
E-mail: soil@health.pl.net
Website: www.soil-health.org.nz/index.html

 

AUSTRALIA
Canberra Organic Growers Society
Has a good website ( www.netspeed.com.au/cogs ) with lots of contacts both national and international.

Australian Conservation Foundation
Details on permaculture and other initiatives.
340 Gore Street, Fitzroy VIC 3065, Melbourne.
Tel: (+61) 3 9416 1166
Fax: (+61) 3 9416 0767 or 9416 2992
E-mail: pgan@peg.apc.org
Website: www.peg.apc.org/~pgan

National Toxics Network
47 Eugena Street, Rivett ACT 2611
Tel: (+61) 2 6288 5881
Fax: (+61) 2 6288 5881.

 

BRITAIN
Soil Association
Britain’s leading campaigning and certification body for organic food and farming.
Bristol House, 40-56 Victoria Street, Bristol BS1 6BY.
Tel: (+44)117 929 0661
Fax: (+44)117 925 2504
E-mail: info@soilassociation.org
Website: www.soilassociation.org

Sustain: the Alliance for Better Food and Farming
An alliance of over 100 organizations campaigning for sustainable agriculture.
94 White Lion Street, London N1 9PF.
Tel: (+44) 207 837 1228
Fax: (+44) 207 837 1141
E-mail: sustain@charity.vfree.com
Website: www.sustainweb.org

Women’s Environmental Network
A variety of campaigns, including one to ban lindane.
PO Box 30626, London E1 1TZ.
Tel: (+44) 207 481 9004
Fax: (+44) 207 481 9144
E-mail: wenuk@gn.apc.org
Website: www.gn.apc.org/wen 

 

CANADA
Canadian Organic Growers
A national information network for organic farmers, gardeners and consumers.
PO Box 6408, Station J, Ottawa, ON K2A 3Y6.
Tel:(+1) 613 231 9047.
Website: www.cog.ca

All three of the following have a range of campaigns and good web links.

Canadian Environmental Network
Website: www.cen.web.net

Ontario Environment Network
PO Box 1412, Station Main, North Bay,
ON P1B 8K6. Tel: (+1) 705 840 2888
Fax: (+1) 705 840 5862
E-mail: oen@web.net
Website: www.web.net/oen

Toronto Environmental Alliance
30 Duncan Street, #201, Toronto,
ON M5V 2C3. Tel: (+1) 416 596 0660
Fax: (+1) 416 596 0345
E-mail: tea@web.net
Website: www.torontoenvironment.org 

 

UNITED STATES
Institute for Food and Development Policy/Food First
A member-supported, non-profit people’s think tank and education-for-action center (see Kicking the chemical habit),
398 60th Street, Oakland, CA 94618.
Tel: (+1) 510-654-4400 or
(+1) 800-274-7826;
Fax: (+1) 510-654-4551;
E-mail: foodfirst@foodfirst.org
Website: www.foodfirst.org

Pesticides Action Network
PAN International
The Pesticides Action Network (PAN) is a network of over 600 non-governmental organizations, institutions and individuals in more than 60 countries working to replace the use of hazardous pesticides with [image, unknown] ecologically sound alternatives. Its projects and campaigns are co-ordinated by five autonomous Regional Centres. Website: www.pan-international.org

PAN Centre Regional Pour L’Afrique,
BP 15938 Dakar-Fann, Dakar, Senegal.
Tel: (+221) 254 914; Fax: (+221) 254 914;
E-mail: panafric@telecomplus.sn 

[image, unknown] PAN Asia and the Pacific,
PO Box 1170, 10850 Penang, Malaysia.
Tel: (+604) 657 0271/656 0381;
Fax: (+604) 675 7445;
E-mail: panap@panap.po.my

PAN Europe
[image, unknown] c/o The Pesticides Action Network UK,
Eurolink Business Centre,
49 Effra Road, London SW2 1BZ, UK.
Tel: (+44) 207 274 8895;
Fax: (+44) 207 274 9084;
[image, unknown] E-mail: admin@pan-uk.org

PAN Latin America
c/o Red de Acción en Alternativas al uso de Agroquímicos (RAAA),
Mariscal Miller No 2622, Lince, Lima, Peru.
Tel: (+51) 1 421 0826;
Fax: (+51) 1 440 4359;
E-mail: rapalpe@mail.cosapidata.com.pe

[image, unknown] PAN North America (PANNA),
49 Powell Street, #500,
San Francisco, CA 94102, US.
Tel: (+1) 415 981 1771;
Fax: (+1) 415 981 1991;
E-mail: panna@panna.org

 

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