Four Rossmoor organizations – the Vegan Club, Garden Club, Wellness Club, and Sustainable Rossmoor Club – co-sponsor CIRCLE OF POISON.
On Wednesday, October 4th at 7:00 p.m. in Peacock Hall at Gateway, this surprising documentary will reveal a very disturbing practice.
It will show that many pesticides are banned in the United States because they are exceedingly dangerous to human health, animal health, and are extremely harmful to the environment. And yet many of these banned pesticides are still manufactured in 23 states in our country – but only for export. See film trailer here.
US law allows these harmful pesticides – prohibited here – to be sold around the world to less developed nations where they are used to grow coffee, tea, fruit, and other products. The toxic substances, sprayed on crops, cause enormous devastation. But ironically, and tragically, these toxic pesticides circulate the globe and come back to the US as residues on imported food. This is the “circle of poison.”
In Mexico’s Yaqui River Valley we see that women working in fields sprayed with pesticides give birth to children with severe illnesses. In Ituzaingo, Argentina, the use of chemicals on soy crops has increased explosively over years. Cancer rates there are reported to be 41 times the national average.
In India, in the town of Kasaragod, cashew farms have been sprayed for decades with the pesticide endosulfan. It has caused deformities in hundreds of children. The heart-wrenching scenes of stunted children is difficult to see.
Chemical pesticides, according to the film, did not exist before World War II. But corporations that had been making poison gases during the war, turned after the war towards the manufacture of pesticides. Today, six large agrochemical companies sell 75 percent of pesticides around the world.
But people are fighting back. Around the world farmers, after witnessing the devastation caused by the use of pesticides, are turning to organic agriculture. The nation of Bhutan in the Himalayas is becoming the first country in the world with a wholly organic agricultural system. In the US, an organic farming industry is emerging rapidly.
The film, narrated by Elizabeth Kucinich and featuring interviews with Jimmy Carter, Dr. Vandana Shiva, Professor Noam Chomsky, Senator Patrick Leahy, and with a beautiful epilogue by His Holiness the Dalai Lama, is incredibly informative and eye-opening.
It was voted the Best Environmental Film at the 2016 San Francisco Frozen Film Festival and has a 100% rating at Rotten Tomatoes.
Rossmoor residents and their guests are invited.