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New Research Examines Relationship Between Pesticides, the
Environment and Human Health
Pesticide Poisonings Prove 20 Times Higher Than Expected
An international team of scientists working in the highlands of
Ecuador has found that deaths and illness from human exposure
to insecticides is nearly 20 times higher than previously
Using a new policy analysis tool known as the Tradeoff
Analysis Model, scientists at the Peruvian-based International
Potato Center, a Future Harvest Center, are calling into
question long-held beliefs about the relationship between
agro-chemicals, the environment, and human health.
The Tradeoff Analysis Model, or TOA, uses software that
integrates computer models from different disciplines. The
system produces easy-to-understand graphs that can help
decision makers weigh the complexities of issues where
agriculture, environment, and human health intersect.
ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
People are hungry not because of lack of availability of food, or "over" population, but
because they are too poor to afford the food. Politics and economic conditions that have
led to poverty and dependency around the world would not be alleviated if food production
is further increased and provided to more people