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Poisons in Our Food: Links Between Pesticides and Diseases

Vandana Shiva (Author) Mira Shiva (Author) Vaibhav Singh (Author) M.G.K. Menon (Foroward)

Poisons in our food is a horrifying study of the terrible, often insidious devastation unleashed on the human anatomy and the global environment by pesticide poisoning. Pesticides were born during World War II as agents of destruction for chemical warfare. After the war, the remains of these chemicals were diverted for use in the agriculture sector. This then led to the birth of fertilisers and pesticides.

A highly disturbing book Poisons in our Food forces the reader to enter the nightmarish world of pesticide related ailments where both men and women struggle to survive cancer, congenital birth defects, nervous seizures, paralysis, and a whole range of equally debilitating diseases. The book records the cause and effect of pesticides and quotes from studies that have established a direct link between certain types of cancer and the short and long term consumption of the various poisons in our food and water. It draws a disquieting picture of the unethical and aggressive marketing techniques adopted by pharmaceutical, pesticide and fertiliser corporations without furnishing end users with proper labels and warnings.

This book is a wake up call for the Indian government which has been a mute spectator while unscrupulous corporations have waged chemical war on a largely ignorant public for several decades. Farmers and their families who are directly handling pesticides are unaware of the terrible fate that awaits them in the not so distant future. This book is essential reading for those concerns about the health and safety of their families and for consumer oganisations and public health groups involved with women and child health.

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About the author

Vandana Shiva

Vandana Shiva is a world-renowned environmental thinker and activist. A leader in the International forum on Globalization (IFG) along with Ralph Nader and Jeremy Rifkin and the Slow Food movement. Shiva won the Alternative Nobel Prize (the Right Livelihood Award) in 1993. Director of Navdanya and the Research Foundation for Science, Technology, and Natural Resource Policy, she is the author and editor of many books, including Manifestos on the Future of Food & Seed (South End Press, 2007), Earth Democracy: Justice, Sustainability, and Peace (South End Press, 2005), Globalization's New Wars: Seed, Water & Life Forms (Women Unlimited 2005), Water Wars: Privatization, Pollution, and Profit (South End Press, 2002), Protect Plunder? Understanding intellectual Property Rights (Zed Books, 2001), Stolen Harvest: The Hijacking of the Global Food Supply (South End Press, 2000), Biopiracy: The Plunder of Nature and Knowledge (South End Press, 1997), Ecofeminism (co-authored with Maria Mies, Kali for Women, Zed Books, 1993), The Violence of the Green Revolution (Zed Books, 1992), and Staying Alive: Women, Ecology and Development in India (Kali for Women, 1988). Before becoming an activist, Vandana Shiva was one of India's leading physicists.

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Title Poisons in Our Food: Links Between Pesticides and Diseases
Format Softcover
Date published: 16.03.2013
Edition 1st. ed.
Publisher Natraj Publishers
Language: English
isbn 9788181581815
length xxiii+230p., 8 Pages. of Plates; Illustrations; Some Colour; Maps; 22cm.