Argentina's pesticide nightmare

School children in a small town in Argentina are breathing in cancer-causing pesticides. But now we can help. ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌ ‌

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Argentina is living a pesticide nightmare: in the 25 years since glyphosate was approved, cancer cases have tripled and birth defects have shot up 400%!

But an independent lab (the Chemistry and Environmental Pollution Group) is fighting back. They run tests on the water in town after town, and when the results show local people are drinking poison, communities have been able to go to court and win back their clean water.

The lab charges as little as it can for the work -- often even doing it out of their own pocket. So they desperately need funding to keep equipment updated, pay staff, and run the tests.

Can you chip in to help towns get clean drinking water and end Argentina's pesticide nightmare?

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Argentina uses more deadly, cancer-linked pesticide per person than anywhere else in the world. In towns like Exaltación de la Cruz, school children breathe in the poison as it's sprayed on crops growing next door -- the community has seen almost 50 cancer cases and 90 other pesticide-related health conditions...in just 280 homes.

It’s a public health emergency.

The good news is that this lab -- run by scientist Damián Marino -- works. In one town, the lab results allowed a community to force their local government to provide homes with unpolluted water. In another, local residents used the results to win a municipal ordinance regulating spraying distances to keep poisonous pesticides away from their homes.

But if the lab doesn’t find funding quickly, communities across Argentina will lose one of the only resources they have to fight back against pesticide giants, protecting their families, their land, and their water.

Can you chip in to help stop Argentina's pesticide nightmare, and power our campaigns to stop these poisons everywhere?

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Thanks for all that you do,
Danny, Allison, Alys and the SumOfUs team


More information:

(In Spanish) Study: the use of pesticides in nearby fields affects agroecological practices. Tierra Viva. 2 March 2021.
Fumigadxs - documentary. 16 May 2021. The human cost of agrotoxins. How glyphosate is killing Argentina. Lifegate. 11 November 2015.

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