researchers, caregivers and patients criticize the government for sacrificing health

researchers, caregivers and patients criticize the government for sacrificing health
researchers, caregivers and patients criticize the government for sacrificing health

Researchers, caregivers, patient and environmental defense associations criticize the new government strategy for reducing pesticides as “a policy of inaction” and call for “making the choice of public health, not that of cancer”. Tuesday in the newspaper The world. “With its new Ecophyto plan, the government persists in a twenty-year-old policy of inaction. Deliberate exposure, whether of farmers and their families or of the population in general, to harmful substances (or whose harmfulness is still unknown for pesticides currently being approved) will continue”, states this collective in an article.

Inaction of the authorities

On the impact of pesticides on health, the approximately 400 researchers, 200 caregivers, patient associations and environmental defenders who signed them first point out “a strong presumption of a link between exposure to several pesticides and the development of prostate cancers, lymphomas and leukemias”, listed in the table of occupational diseases.

They further note that exposure “in utero or during early childhood in a professional or domestic context also increases the risk of certain pediatric cancers” or that the most vulnerable populations live near spreading areas. The collective also evokes “the contamination of the West Indian population by chlordecone” and the inaction of the authorities on this pesticide used in banana plantations, at the origin of “persistent pollution of the entire food chain associated with a multiplication of pathologies serious, including prostate cancer.

Short-term interests

“We (…) who fight cancer on a daily basis cannot accept that public health is sacrificed to short-term interests. Appeasing the legitimate anger of the agricultural world by perpetuating its exposure to pesticides is not the solution,” they say.

Affirming that “there is still time for the government to reconsider its decisions”, the collective judges that “our political leaders must have the courage to make the choice of public health, not that of cancer”. The government defended itself on Monday against any environmental setback in the new Ecophyto 2030 pesticide reduction strategy, put on “pause” during the agricultural crisis, and denounced by NGOs as insufficient to reduce the impact of these products on nature. .

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