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However, the majority of us forget to take into account that chemicals impact people where they are manufactured, not only where they are used. It's time to consider those people too. An article about the explosion twenty years ago at the substance plant in Bhopal, Indian, just came across my desk. What a disaster! And that kind of accident can happen anywhere.
I have gained a brand new insight from reading relating to this tragedy. Did you realize there were 4, 000 people killed immediately, and another 20, 000 who were wiped out from side affects for many years afterward? And that lots of thousands of men and women have suffered severe health issues because of the explosion that released poisonous chemicals into the air and water?
It occurs in my experience that if first world countries would reduce their reliance on chemicals for pest control, the production of those chemicals would decline with the need, and plants would be closed or re-purposed. If plants making toxic chemicals are closed, or re-purposed to non-toxic chemical production, people in third world countries would have reduced direct exposure -- potential and real -- to poisons used in pesticides. People in first world countries who live near chemical vegetation would also be safer from chemicals produced in such plants -- chemicals that might be released through accidents or terrorism. There are lots of ways to regulate pests other than with the use of dangerous chemicals. Lives rely upon that alternative approach being used.