Illegal Pesticide Trade in the Mekong Countries: Case Studies from Cambodia and Lao PDR


The two studies here – “Illegal pesticides in Cambodia” (2011) and “Illegal pesticide trade in Mekong countries: Case of Lao PDR” ( 2011 to 2013) focus on problems of pesticide regulation, trade in banned and illegal pesticides, use of inappropriate labels on products, health and environmental effects of these pesticides, etc. The studies share several broad similarities, which are also common to many other developing countries in South-East Asia. They were conducted in two areas in Cambodia, bordering Vietnam and Thailand, and three areas in Lao PDR, bordering Thailand, Myanmar, China and Vietnam from 2011 to 2013.

Date Published:
December 18, 2013

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Son of Kebuaw

Through the eyes of Sumen, an indigenous community strives to preserve their land and way of life in the rich rainforests of Sarawak. His will to stop a palm oil plantation is as strong as the currents of the mighty river Rajang.

“In this film, we tried to relate the indigenous people’s resistance against massive land grabbing in Sarawak through the eyes of Sumen. We felt that the best way to articulate their struggle is through their own words and experience. Thus, in the film, the ‘script’ was Sumen’s narration as told to us. We hope that it can be an effective tool to educate the public, including Sarawak’s policy makers, about the issue of native customary rights and how these are violated by big corporations and plantation and logging operators,” said Gilbert Sape, coordinator of PAN AP’s Food Sovereignty and Ecological Agriculture program and executive producer of the film.

Poisoning Our Future: Children and Pesticides


This book pieces together just some of the research showing how children are being born pre-polluted, affected by pesticides in the home, in their food, in the rural environment, even in schools — and not forgetting those hundreds of thousands of children born into poverty that are forced to work with pesticides in order for their families to survive. It examines evidence that children thus exposed face significant risks of birth defects, childhood cancer, Autism Spectrum Disorders, neuro developmental delays, asthma, middle ear infections, and other diseases. It also examines some of the mounting evidence that child exposures to pesticides may be a factor contributing to the explosion of adult diseases such as obesity, type 2 diabetes, other metabolic diseases, and cardiovascular problems, as well as cancer, neurological diseases and immune disorders.

Date Published:
December 2, 2013

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