3. Selling Banned Pesticides and Drugs to the Third
According to a conservative World Health Organization estimate, 500,000
people, the majority of them in Third World countries, are poisoned
yearly by banned pesticides and drugs. Besides poisonings, a rash of
miscarriages and birth defects have been attributed to certain banned
herbicides. Although these chemicals are banned for use in the United
States, domestic drug manufacturing corporations continue to produce
and export them to foreign countries. Drugs never approved by the Food
and Drug Administration, and even some never tested, are marketed and
sold in some Third World countries. Moreover, they are shipped to countries
that have minimal or no drug controls or regulations despite the fact
the dangers of the products are known. What the peoples of those countries
are being subjected to, and what the U.S. drug manufacturers are doing,
goes virtually unnoticed and unreported in this country. The tragic
impact of U.S. profit-motivated firms on the people of Third World nations
qualifies this story for nomination as one of the "best censored"
stories of 1976.
SOURCE: "Banned Chemicals Shipped Abroad" by David Weir,
Rolling Stone Magazine, February 10, 1977, No. 232.