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, 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.
Friends of the Earth International Secretariat
PO Box 19199, 1000 GD,
Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Tel: (+31) 20-6221369
Fax: (+31) 20 6392181
A wide range of campaigns including one on genetically modified foods. See website for country-specific details.
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
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
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
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
National Toxics Network
47 Eugena Street, Rivett ACT 2611
Tel: (+61) 2 6288 5881
Fax: (+61) 2 6288 5881.
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
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
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
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.
All three of the following have a range of campaigns and good web links.
Canadian Environmental Network
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
Fax: (+1) 510-654-4551;
Pesticides Action Network
PAN Centre Regional Pour L’Afrique,
PAN Asia and the Pacific,
PAN Latin America
PAN North America (PANNA),
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