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of Bhopal Disaster, Group Calls On Consumers to Take Action
New brochure and webpage target Dow Chemical
(Beyond Pesticides, December 3, 2004) Today,
on the 20th anniversary of the Bhopal disaster -the worst industrial
accident in the world’s history in which a pesticide plant leaked
toxic gas in Bhopal, India leaving at least 20,000 people dead and over
150,000 people injured- Beyond Pesticides is calling for just compensation
and clean-up for the victims and an end to the use of deadly and unnecessary
pesticides. Today, Beyond Pesticides is releasing a guide, The Safer
Choice, and handbook for consumers who want to say no to the Dow
Chemical Company, which owns the liability for Bhopal (available on
the Dow webpage). Dow purchased in 2001
the company responsible for the disaster, Union Carbide. The Safer Choice
features what it calls some of the most hazardous pesticides in commerce
and alternatives to their use, all produced by Dow, including the herbicides
2,4-D, clopyralid, triclopyr, atrazine and picloram, and the insecticides
chlorpyrifos, and sulfuryl fluoride.
According to Beyond
Pesticides, “The Dow Chemical Company (and its pesticide division
Dow AgroSciences) produces some of the most hazardous home, garden,
and food use pesticides that invade our lives on a daily basis -toxic
chemicals that are dangerous to children, families and the environment.”
The organization says that safer alternative practices and products
are now widely available, which makes these pesticides unnecessary.
As part of a consumer campaign to stop corporations from marketing hazardous
pesticides that are not needed, the booklet informs choices in the marketplace
and helps consumers avoid harmful low-level toxic exposure. While the
primary focus of this booklet is non-food use pesticides (home, garden
and community), many of the hazardous pesticides identified also have
food and forestry uses, which are noted.
- Dow is a leader
in the chemical industry in producing poisons that contaminate human
health and the environment through a variety of exposure routes;
- Dow has been
a leader in obscuring the science and weakening the regulation of
these and other deadly chemicals; and,
- Dow purchased
Union Carbide in 2001, thereby acquiring its assets and liabilities.
Union Carbide was responsible for the 1984 gas leak in Bhopal, India,
which remains the worst industrial disaster in human history. Dow
refuses to clean up the site, provide safe drinking water, compensate
the victims, or disclose chemical information to physicians.
The Safer Choice is available
online, accompanied by an in-depth
resource guide, providing citations, studies, product labels and
more. Activists are planning a Global Day of Action for Bhopal this
Friday, December 3. To learn more about Bhopal, the actions that they
are taking, and how to get involved, visit www.bhopal.net.