Agrochemicals, health and environment: directory of resources


Case-studies of health and environment impacts

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    Agricultural Health Study. This study of over 89 000 people explores health impacts of pesticide use among farmers and their families, and among commercial pesticide applicators, in the United States. Links to over three dozen papers on aspects of health risk from use of pesticides, including risks of cancers and premature mortality. Rockville, Maryland, National Institutes of Health (National Cancer Institute/National Institute of Environment Health Sciences) and Environmental Protection Agency.
    http://www.aghealth.org/
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    Brazil: mercury contamination in the Amazon (as linked to result of farming practices). Ottawa, International Development Research Centre, 2003.
    http://web.idrc.ca/uploads/user-S/10530072640Ecohealth_3_Brazil_e.pdf
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    Death in small doses: Cambodia’s pesticide problems and solutions. London, Environmental Justice Foundation, 2002.
    http://www.ejfoundation.org/pdfs/death_in_small_doses.pdf
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    Investigating the impact of pesticides on potato farmers in Ecuador. Ottawa, International Development Research Centre, 2001.
    http://web.idrc.ca/en/ev-5435-201-1-DO_TOPIC.html
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    Kishi M., Annotated bibliography of literature on human health incidents. Submitted to the Intergovernmental Forum on Chemical Safety Workgroup, June 6, 2002
    http://www.who.int/heli/risks/toxics/bibliographykishi.pdf
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    Kishi M et al. Relationship of pesticide spraying to signs and symptoms in Indonesian farmers. Scandinavian Journal of Work, Environment and Health, 1995, 21(2):124–133.
    http://www.communityipm.org/toxictrail/Documents/Kishi-Hirschhorn.pdf
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    Murphy HH et al. Health effects of pesticide use among Indonesian women farmers. Part I. Exposure and acute health effects. Journal of Agromedicine, 1999, 6(3):61–85.
    http://www.communityipm.org/toxictrail/Documents/Murphy-HealthEffects1-Exposure&Acute.pdf
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    Nguyen HD et al. Impact of agro-chemical use on productivity and health in Vietnam. Ottawa, International Development Research Centre, 1999.
    http://web.idrc.ca/uploads/user-S/10536112540ACF122.pdf
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    Roberts DM et al. Influence of pesticide regulation on acute poisoning deaths in Sri Lanka. Bulletin of the World Health Organization, 2003, 81(11):789–798.
    http://whqlibdoc.who.int/bulletin/2003/Vol81-No11/bulletin_2003_81(11)_789-798.pdf
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    Safi JM. Association between chronic exposure to pesticides and recorded cases of human malignancy in Gaza Governorates (1990–1999). The Science of the Total Environment, 2002, 284(1-3):75–84.
    http://www.sciencedirect.com
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    Sodavy P et al. Farmers’ awareness and perceptions of the effect of pesticides on their health: situational analysis. FAO Community IPM Programme, 2000 (field document).
    http://www.communityipm.org/toxictrail/Documents/Cambodia-SituationAnalysis.pdf
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    Stuetz W et al. Organochlorine pesticide residues in human milk of a Hmong hill tribe living in Northern Thailand. Science of the Total Environment, 2001, 273(1-3):53–60.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=11419602&dopt=Abstract
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    Wesseling C, van Wendel de Joode B, Monge P. Pesticide-related illness and injuries among banana workers in Costa Rica: a comparison between 1993 and 1996. International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health, 2001, 7(2):90–97.
    http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?cmd=Retrieve&db=PubMed&list_uids=11373051&dopt=Abstract
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    Yassin MM, Abu Mourad TA, Safi JM. Knowledge, attitude, practice, and toxicity symptoms associated with pesticide use among farm workers in the Gaza Strip. Occupational and Environmental Medicine, 2002, 59:387-393.
    http://oem.bmjjournals.com/cgi/reprint/59/6/387
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