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Generations Future and Phyto Victims – French TV documentary “Chemicals: our children in danger”

On 2 February, France 2 television screened a two-hour “Cash investigation” documentary on chemicals and health that attracted 3.2 million viewers.

“Chemicals: our children in danger” focused on the question of pesticides, including the presentation of a map of the most dangerous pesticides used in the different regions of France.

The documentary is partly based on the work of HEAL member, Generations Futures (GF), with whom the film director worked closely over a period of one year. The film features the NGO’s testing for pesticides in children’s hair samples and gave GF and others the opportunity to denounce the inactivity on the part of both the pesticide lobby and politicians to protect our health and environment.

The investigation takes the viewer from France to Hawaii passing through Brussels, Switzerland and Germany to demonstrate that pesticides are dangerous for our health. It shows the links between some molecules (atrazine, folpel or folpet, chlorpyrifos, and others) and cancer, autism and congenital malformations. The documentary focused mainly on the health impact on professionals and by-standers who are more exposed than others to pesticides. Paul Francois of HEAL member organization, Phyto-victimes had an opportunity to present his perspective.

The documentary provoked many reactions in the days that followed in the media, from professionals and citizens. Political responses included a demand from Environment Minister, Segolene Royal for the withdrawal of many glyphosate formulations from the market.

You can watch the documentary (in French) on Youtube here:

Last updated on 19 February 2016

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