Other countries got rid of them.
In Australia, there’s no requirement for the manufacturers of old pesticides to prove they are safe in accordance with current standards. That means the pesticide industry gets the benefi t of the doubt, while pesticides not allowed in other countries and suspected of causing cancer and other health problems remain on the Australian market. The facts show that:
• At least 17 pesticides registered for use in Australian agriculture are suspected carcinogens, and 48 are potential hormone disruptors
• 8 chemicals with known safety risks have been under review by our regulator for more than 13 years, some for more than 15 years
Prominent Australians and organisations, including FoE Australia, are lending their support to the World Wildlife Fund campaign for regulatory reforms that will better protect the health of Australian farmers, families and wildlife. We need your support to stand up for safer pesticide laws.
Find out more at wwf.org.au/pesticides and add your name to a long list of concerned Australian organisations and individuals including Ian Kiernan AO Chairman, Clean Up Australia Ltd Professor Tim Flannery Scientist, explorer and conservationist, Australian of the Year 2007 Erin Brockovich Environmental crusader Dr Linda Selvey CEO, Greenpeace Australia Pacifi c Julie Goodwin MasterChef Australia 2009 winner, cook and mum Peter Cundall AM Horticulturalist and television personality Dr David Shearman Secretary, Doctors for the Environment Ronni Kahn Founder and CEO, OzHarvest, Australia’s Local Hero 2010 Judy Lynne Executive Offi cer, Sunfi sh Queensland Inc. The Hon. Rod Welford Former Queensland Minister for Environment and Heritage The Hon. Desley Boyle Former Queensland Minister for Environment, Local Government, Planning and Women Professor Matti Lang Director, National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology (EnTox) Dr Caroline Gaus Senior Research Fellow, National Research Centre for Environmental Toxicology (EnTox) Mara Bun Former Board Member of the Australian Pesticides and Veterinary Medicines Authority (APVMA) Dr Harry Gibbs FRACP FCSANZ Director of Cardiology, Lismore Base Hospital Associate Professor of Medicine, University of Sydney Dr Liz Hanna, RN, RCCN, BA, MPH, PhD, FRCNA Fellow, National Centre for Epidemiology & Population Health, Australian National University Dr Kay Double PhD Associate Professor, Neuroscience Research Institute Dr Alison Bleaney GP (MB ChB FACRRM) Break O’ Day Catchment Risk Group Dr Denis Saunders AM President, WWF-Australia and Former Chief Research Scientist, CSIRO Wildlife & Ecology Holly Vyner General Manager, Biological Famers of Australia incorporating Australian Certifi ed Organic Teresa Cutter “The Healthy Chef” Jon Brodie Research Scientist, Australian Centre for Tropical Freshwater Research Dr Dedee Woodside PhD Member of the Board of Directors, WWF-Australia Dr Richard Denniss Executive Director, Australia Institute Rebecca Jancauskas Coordinator, Environmental Justice Society Ben O’Donohue Celebrity chef Darren Kindleysides Director, Australian Marine Conservation Society Dr Sarah Lantz PhD Author of Chemical Free Kids Dr Andrew Burbidge PhD Member of the Board of Directors, WWF-Australia Dr Mariann Lloyd-Smith Co-Chair, International POPs Elimination Network The Hon. Dr Andrew Lohrey Former Speaker of the Tasmanian House of Assembly and Minister for Environment Miriam Lyons Executive Director, Centre for Policy Development Helena Norberg-Hodge Founder and Director, International Society for Ecology and Culture (ISEC) The Hon. Richard Jones Former Member of the New South Wales Legislative Council David Whitehill Television presenter Dr Jamie Pittock Crawford School of Economics and Government, Australian National University Sarojeni Rengam Executive Director, Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacifi c Toby Hutcheon Executive Director, Queensland Conservation Council Jeff Angel Director Total Environment Centre Pepe Clarke CEO, Nature Conservation Council of New South Wales Tim Kelly Chief Executive, Conservation Council of South Australia Cam Walker Campaigns Coordinator, Friends of the Earth Australia Dr Meriel Watts Coordinator, Pesticide Action Network Aotearoa New Zealand Bruce Lourie Author of Slow Death by Rubber Duck Bob Phelps Executive Director, Gene Ethics Narelle Chenery Founder and Creative Director, Miessence Certifi ed Organic Skincare Dorothy Bowes President, Allergy, Sensitivity & Environmental Health Association Qld Inc. (ASEHA) The People’s Watchdog choice.com.au …