The circle of poison threatens us all

Covert chemical warfare/ and a time bomb in the Ukraine

by Jon Rappoport

February 28, 2014

In the entirely justified blow-up over the poisonous effects of
Monsanto’s Roundup,
recent history has been pushed to the side.

There are, of course, other companies and other poisons (herbicides,

For example, read this from “Transport and Trade,” published by the
Pesticide Action
Network: “…US [companies] shipped nearly 1.7 billion pounds of
pesticide products
to other countries from 2001-2003…

“more than 32 tons per hour…

“Nearly 28 million pounds of these pesticides are banned for use in the US.”

Consider this broad 1997 indictment: “…large international
corporations are able
to sell pesticides abroad that cannot be sold in the U.S. These
corporations sell
pesticides that are classified as so harmful to human health and the
that their use cannot be justified for any purpose.”  (Jefferson D
Reynolds, Journal
of Land Use and Environmental Law, “International Pesticide Trade”)

A case in point: Propargite.  Writing in the Albion Monitor (May 5,
1996, “US Firm
Exports Hazardous Pesticide”), Haider Rizvi describes the chemical as “a widely
used pesticide for control of mites on a range of fruit, grain,
vegetable, nut and
fiber crops.”

Here are quotes from the Monitor article:

“The US-based Uniroyal Corp. will continue selling a hazardous
pesticide to farmers
overseas even though the product has been withdrawn from domestic
markets for ‘health
and safety reasons.'”

“In a recent agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the
company canceled nearly a dozen uses of the pesticide Propargite in
the United States.
But, the accord does not affect sales of the suspected carcinogen in
other countries.”

“Its recent agreement with EPA prohibits Uniroyal from selling
propargite for use
on nearly a dozen [US] crops — including apricots, apples, peaches,
pears, plums,
figs, strawberries, and green beans — because of its cancer-causing potential.”

“Both independent and EPA scientists say infants and children are
especially vulnerable
to the potential dangers of exposure to Propargite-treated food products, which
include damage to the nervous system, as well as cancer.”

Here’s the capper:

“Despite banning a dozen uses, the EPA-Uniroyal agreement still allows
the company
to continue production and distribution of Propargite for use on nearly 30 other
 [US] crops, including grapes, cotton, grapes, watermelon, and potatoes.”

And remember, along with destruction wreaked on people in countries to which the
 US exports these chemicals, the food grown and sprayed in those
countries is shipped
back to the US for sale.  This route was called “the circle of
poison.”  That phrase
has dropped out of popular usage.

Monsanto, Dow, DuPont, Bayer, and other mega-corporations don’t let
up.  They continue
in the tradition of the infamous IG Farben—chemicals for destruction.

In 2009, I researched the problem of pesticides in the Ukraine.  Use is not the
only issue; so is storage.  And the scope and danger are huge.

Tamara Gurzhiy, “Expired and prohibited pesticides problem in
Ukraine,” Independent
Agency for Ecological Information, Kharkiv, Ukraine (English translation):

“Twenty thousand to 25,000 t [tons] of expired or prohibited
pesticides are stored
on 4,000 Ukrainian depots. This is a serious threat for people and environment.
Arsenic compounds are highly toxic for cattle. Death comes within
several hours…Majority
of pesticide depots were not designed for long-term usage. Chemicals are stolen
and illegally sold to people. Depots’ roofs collapsed over the time, pesticides’
 wrapping gets [out of] of order, pesticides of different nature may become [a]
catalyst of spontaneous chemical reactions with unpredictable results.
fire may spread toxins on a wide area. Utilization of expired and
prohibited pesticides
is Ukrainian national problem.”

Indeed, there was a fire in 2009.

Simferopol, October 17 (Interfax-Ukraine): “A storehouse with
pesticide in Dzhankoi
(Crimea) is on fire…around 200 tonnes of pesticide and magnesium
40 tonnes of pesticide was taken from the storehouse…”  How extensive were the
 toxic clouds?  Is this the real reason for 2009 reports of a million people ill
 in the Ukraine with Swine Flu?

“BRNO, Czech Republic, Sept. 23 /CNW/ – According to Milieukontakts Partner IHPA
 (the International HCH and Pesticides Association) the health of at
least 7 million
inhabitants in Moldavia and Ukraine is seriously threatened by a stock
of old pesticides.
IHPA calls for fast EU action to disarm this ‘biggest chemical time
bomb of Europe’.

“…[in] the former Kalush factory in the west of Ukraine there is a stock of no
 less than 10,000 tonnes of superfluous Hexachlorobenzene (HCB). It’s
the positioning along the Dniester river that makes the situation
extremely hazardous:
a single flood and the high concentrations of poison would pollute the
natural habitat
of some 7 million people in the west of Ukraine and Moldavia.

In total, tens of millions of inhabitants in Europe, Central Asia and the former
 Soviet Union are being threatened by pesticides. In Ukraine alone
there are 4,500
storage locations with more than 30,000 tonnes of old pesticides, a legacy from
the Soviet era. The substances have been prohibited since 2001. As a
rule the packaging
only lasts five to ten years. If nothing happens in that time, then
the substances
could simply end up in the soil or in the water…”

Jon Rappoport

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One Response to “The circle of poison threatens us all”

  1. Anonymous says:
    Russia has Banned GMO products.

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