Saturday, January 15,
Chemical pesticides are
like tsunamis, professor says
By Aurea A. Gerundio
A TOXICOLOGIST urged the local government and agricultural
industries to stop using chemical pesticides because of its harmful
effects to the human body.
Romy Quijano, a professor of the
College of Medicine of the University of the Philippines Manila,
during his visit to the city Friday said chemicals in pesticides are
like "tsunamis that kill not only a few people but millions."
"These chemicals are tsunamis that should make us remain
alarmed. There are, in fact, chemicals that stay even for 100 years
in the environment," Quijano said.
Quijano had been in the
city in 2003 when he spoke before the City Council regarding the ill
effects of pesticides used in banana and pineapple plantations. His
appearance at the council was also in time for the campaign to
protect the city's watersheds from encroachment of plantations.
On December 3 last year, Quijano was in the city in time for
the celebration of the "No pesticide use day."
admitted that they are having difficulty in stopping big
corporations from using pesticides, in which the chemical
ingredients are even banned for use in the Philippines including the
paraquat, methyl bromide, lindane and tridemorph.
to create a counterforce to minimize coercive power of corporations.
We have to direct citizen's movement by intensifying education to
the public especially the farmers na hindi medisina 'yong pesticides
na ginagamit nila kundi lason," Quijano said.
there is no kind of chemical pesticide that will not harm human
"These chemical pesticides do not only destroy the
insects or the pests but also human beings," Quijano said.
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