28 Mar '12, 10am

Sheep farmers poisoned by OP pesticides still fighting for justice - news - The Ecologist

Sheep farmers poisoned by OP pesticides still fighting for justice - news - The Ecologist

David Layton's voice is quiet and trembling. He used to be so busy that he 
never took a holiday. Life running the family sheep farm on the English/Welsh border was a swirl of constant activity. Today, he can't even get out of bed by himself and relies on the 24-hour care of his wife, Teresa, for every one of his needs. 

 David is one of an estimated several hundred farmers around the UK who have suffered the consequences of pesticide poisoning. You won't hear much, if anything, about them though. Many were poisoned long ago in the 1980s and early 90s. 

But for the ones still alive, the suffering goes on. It is a scandal largely forgotten by the government, medical profession and farming industry, each of whom would prefer the remaining victims to quietly pass away into history. 

 What makes it even more tragic, is that it is a scandal that could have ended before it ev...

Full article: http://www.theecologist.org/News/news_analysis/1299471/gh...

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