[Winnipeg] Law & Order: Special Victims Unit on organophosphate pesticide

Glenda Whiteman glendawhiteman at mts.net
Wed Feb 7 02:32:41 EST 2007

See you at the meeting Wednesday, Feb 7, in the Anhang Room at the Millenium 
Library at 7 pm.  Please remember to be scent-free.  
Glenda  :)

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Subject: [winnipegpesticides] Law & Order: Special Victims Unit on 
organophosphate pesticide
Date: Wednesday 07 February 2007 00:47
From: Glenda Whiteman <glendawhiteman at mts.net>
To: Wpg Pesticides Group <winnipegpesticides at yahoogroups.com>, working group 
<CCHEwgonline at yahoogroups.com>

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit on organophosphate p
forwarded with thanks

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

On Tuesday, February 6th, NBC will air "Loophole," an episode on the crime
 drama Law & Order: Special Victims Unit an exceptional episode that focuses
 on the controversial EPA rule allowing intentional dosing of people with
 pesticides. Martha Dina Arguello of Physicians for Social Responsibility-Los
 Angeles, and chair of the steering committee of Californians for Pesticide
 Reform, and Margaret Reeves (and other staff scientists from Pesticide
 Action Network - North America) consulted with Law and Order: SVU executive
 producer Neal Baer and writer Jonathan Greene.   I encourage you to watch
 the show, organize view parties.   This episode is a great combination of
 education and entertainment.

In the episode, a fictional chemical company tests several children and their
 families with a dangerous organophosphate pesticide (a class of acutely
 toxic chemicals). In real life, EPA's human testing rule contains loopholes
 that allow chemical corporations to test pesticides on women and children. A
 2005 Congressional report written by Senator Barbara Boxer's and Congress
 member Henry Waxman's staff revealed human testing studies where pesticide
 corporations told their subjects they were ingesting vitamins or drugs. No
 study of the well-documented long-term effects of pesticide exposures were
 conducted in follow-up of those test subjects.

"Loophole" reminds the public of EPA's all too real life "CHEERS" program,
 where the federal government proposed in 2004 to offer low-income families
 in Florida $970, a camcorder, and some clothes if they would record
 "routine exposure" of their infants to household pesticides. The script is
 careful to point out the opposition of EPA staff scientists to the human
 testing rule made by EPA political appointees.

Dr. Margaret Reeves, senior scientist at Pesticide Action Network - North
 America was very pleased with the scientific accuracy of the show "Even
 though they created a fictional pesticide for the episode, it very much
 demonstrated the harmful health effects we see with organophosphate
 pesticides." Reeves heads up a campaign to ban organophosphates. PANNA has
 partnered with EarthJustice and the Natural Resource Defense Council to sue
 EPA over the human testing rule.

The Law and Order: SVU episode highlights many regulatory problems concerning
 pesticides, and the difficulty of linking exposure with specific health
 outcomes. The show further reveals the many environmental health threats
 faced by low-income children in their own homes.  Law and Order: SVU is
 doing a great public service by raising awareness about how low income
 communities are more vulnerable to environmental injustice.

On February 6th please watch the show.  We really encourage you to organize
 viewing parties in your community.   Tell your friends and family to watch
 the show.  Let NBC know how important it is to do more socially responsible

Pesticide resources


Salud y Justicia
Martha Dina Argüello
Physicians for Social Responsibility - Los Angeles
Director Health and Environment Programs
617 S. Olive Street ,  Suite 810
Los Angeles, CA  90014
Office   213. 689.9170
Fax        213. 689.9199
Cell       310. 261.0073
email     arguello at psr.org
Web       psrla.org

barb and Connie of EHN
archived on "Your Health Matters"

It IS the combinations of chemicals,
states UC Professor Tyrone Hayes
in Oakland Tribune article about pesticides.

It IS the environment states
Breast Cancer Action and Breast Cancer Fund
in an Oakland Tribune article about breast cancer.

It IS the combination of fragrance chemicals,
as well as individual petrochemically derived chemicals,
state Betty Bridges, RN (FPIN) and Barb Wilkie (EHN)
since petitioning the FDA May 11, 1999.
Write to the FDA . . . tell them to protect your health
by regulating the flavors and fragrance industry.
Put Docket Number 99P-1340 on your subject line.
E-mail FDA Dockets at fdadockets at oc.fda.gov
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