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Tighter rules vital on use of pesticides

Our government acknowledges that many pesticides are toxic in nature and have to be handled carefully. It regulates their manufacture, import, supply, sale and storage.

Wednesday, 22 June, 2011, 12:00am

BOOK (1962)

Silent Spring Rachel Carson (Houghton Mifflin)

Now, it seems incredible that anyone ever entertained the assumption that pesticides were a thoroughly good thing. But when US environmentalist Rachel Carson wrote Silent Spring - the critique of industry that kick-started the green movement - Progress was God.

24 Jan 2010 - 12:00am

Fruit dumped in challenge to food safety tests

Greenpeace says pesticide levels in its lab results show centre is not doing its job

Greenpeace activists yesterday dumped hundreds of mainland tangerines and strawberries outside the Centre for Food Safety after they found excessive amounts of pesticides in five samples.

24 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Fake Maotai blended with DDT

Touted as the preferred choice of spirits by state leaders, China's famous Maotai liquor has become a favourite target of counterfeiters - with some types having been found blended with pesticides.

Guizhou authorities found a large quantity of fake Maotai recently mixed with toxic pesticides and packaged as limited-edition liquor for State Council banquets, local media said.

12 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

Crimes Against Nature

Crimes Against Nature

by Robert F. Kennedy

Penguin Books, $116

2 Oct 2005 - 12:00am

GM provokes strong feelings

The subject of genetically modified food (GM) is a hot topic that is debated worldwide.

The world's richest countries want to suppress this scientific breakthrough but others do not. Some argue that humanity can benefit from genetically altered food while others argue that it will harm us.

7 Oct 2001 - 12:00am


Toxic chemicals including DDT are being washed into the Pearl River Delta and poisoning dolphins.

The $4.6 million study found high levels of 'environmental contaminants' in dolphins' bodies.

5 Apr 1999 - 12:00am