In this insane, chemically-addicted world it is not against the law to chemically assault a person: to spray poison over an individual via the sheer stupidity & negligence of spray drift, or splatter toxic pesticide into a family's back yard from an adjoining property. Even if that toxic agent amplifies behavioural problems, generates learning difficulties, promotes joint pains, fatigue, leg cramps or restless leg syndrome (ruining sleep for hundreds of thousands worldwide), or spurs on the cancer pandemic, or aborts foetuses in humans, or is a potential slate-wiper in the wider environment! Even if the use of these chemicals stands as a statement of profound character destruction on all levels.
This is the signature of a technologized & brutalized society infatuated with monstrously toxic poisons. A dumb society out of touch with the true reality of a planet demanding respect & cooperation simply by virtue of its inherent makeup & design (A "continuum of expectations" (Liedloff 1986))! What we are doing with chemicals now has no precedent in history! Note: “The combined evidence suggests that neuro developmental disorders caused by industrial chemicals has created a silent pandemic in modern society. Although these chemicals might have caused impaired brain development in millions of children worldwide, the profound effects of such a pandemic are not apparent from available health statistics. Additionally, as shown by this Review, only a few chemical causes have been recognized so the full effects of our industrial activities could be substantially greater than recognized at present.”
Continuing: “The consequences of a pandemic of developmental neurotoxicity extend beyond descriptive data for incidence and prevalence of clinically diagnosed disorders. Increased risk of Parkinson’s disease or other neurodegenerative diseases is a further potential consequence of the pandemic.” [p.2174] Source: P Grandjean, PJ Landrigan 2006. Developmental neurotoxicity of industrial chemicals. Lancet 2006; 368: 2167–78. Published Online November 8, 2006. http://www.sciencedirect.com. DOI:10.1016/S0140-6736(06)69665-7. Institute of Public Health, University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark. (Prof P Grandjean MD); Department of Environmental Health, Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA, USA (P Grandjean); Department of Community Medicine (Prof PJ Landrigan MD); and Department of Pediatrics, Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York, NY, USA (PJ Landrigan). http://sciencedirect.com.
Politicians of Australia & world leaders alike, we need those laws. Fifty years ago.
See: http://poisonedpeople.com & http://poisoningandlegalaction.com.au for details. All the information on these sites is FREE to view or download. For a full listing of any references (e.g. "(Dingle, 2005)") given above, please see my online Essay located at: http://poisoningandlegalaction.com.au/es
Murray Thompson (BAppSci Environmental Health 1998; Hons I Social Ecology 1999; Current Sociology PhD student, University of Western Sydney)