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"Notre Poison quotidien" highlights EU’s environmental health challenges

Film and debate of film "Notre Poison quotidien" ("Our daily poison") is to take place following HEAL’s Annual General Assembly with French film director Marie-Monique Robin.

WHAT: An examination of some of the complex science and conflicts of interest that determine how chemical "safety" is decided and the role of industry in this process. The film takes pesticides, aspartame and bisphenol A (BPA) as examples of chemicals that are linked to cancer and other diseases, and features interviews from international scientists, policy makers and community groups.

This public screening of “Notre poison quotidien” in English will take place in the presence of its director Marie-Monique Robin, a French film maker and investigative journalist. HEAL will lead a discussion with her and guests as well.

The evening will reveal exciting developments in how HEAL and other environment and health NGOs are addressing the scandals raised by the film, and identify policy spheres to take forward issues raised by the film, such as the gaps in health protection due to current regulatory processes around endocrine disputing chemicals.

The opening scenes of the film feature a historic meeting in Ruffec, France organised by HEAL and Generations Futures in 2010 where farmers with cancer and Parkinson’s disease say why they are convinced that pesticides are the cause of their ill-health. Together with others, they share their frustrations and worries with medical and legal experts, and begin discussions to create a new association aimed at reducing the risks of exposure to pesticides.

WHEN: Thursday 6 October 2011, following HEAL’s Annual General Assembly (please inquire for exact time)

Session will start with cocktails and introductory remarks by film maker Marie-Monique Robin and about how local groups have used the film so far. Following the screening there will be a book signing of Marie-Monique’s latest publication.

WHERE: Please inquire for exact address.

Capacity is limited.

To register, please contact Christina Reinards to let us know your intention to come so that we can make sure we can accommodate you. Email: Christina@env-health.org Tel.: + 32 2234 3644

More information

In French: Watch the trailer and read more about the film in French at www.arte.tv/fr/3673748.html

In English: Read all about the film in English at http://en.ekopedia.org/Our_daily_poison. An excerpt from Ms Robin’s previous film, the World according to Monsanto is available in English at www.youtube.com/watch?v=z8hFuuDAZjkan also an interview with Marie-Monique Robin on the Slow Food International website (2009) at http://sloweb.slowfood.com/sloweb/eng/ dettaglio.lasso?cod=3E6E345B0ce4928709NxO1498347

In German: Video interview with Marie-Monique Robin at www.arte.tv/de/Die-Welt-verstehen/3677910.html

Last updated on 19 October 2011

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