Thanks for Pesticides, America! by Evan Macagni, '11 in Salon
Friday, August 9, 2013
Posted by: Joe Libertelli
When Evan Mascagni, '11, is not organizing a Bay Area Busboys and Poets, he's often busy directing the filming Toxic Profits, a documentary about how pesticides and other chemicals banned in the U.S. are sold in other countries where they enter the food supply and often return to the USA in imported food. For that project he's interviewed former President Jimmy Carter, Sen. Pat Leahy, the Chairman of Monsanto (!) and others. In this article, Evan brings the knowledge he's built from research for his film to bear on the horrific poisoning of 23 Indian school children.
"After eating a school lunch that was made with cooking oil tainted with the toxic pesticide monocrotophos, 23 Indian children were recently killed. While the media has highlighted the widespread use of highly hazardous chemicals in India and subsequent health effects, what’s largely unreported is the role that the United States has played — and continues to play — in the tragic but preventable deaths from monocrotophos around the world."
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