Toxic Chemicals: Kids in Danger
Runtime: 52m 30s | Release date: 2016
Is our dependence on pesticides harming the health of our children? Every day, children are exposed to up to 130 chemical pollutants from pesticides. All around the world, scientists and doctors are raising the alarm, linking increased amounts of child cancers, birth defects and even the explosion of autism with exposure to chemicals in pesticides.
Six corporations control the pesticide market: Syngenta, Bayer, Monsanto, Dow, Basf and Dupont. They rule over a market of 50 billion dollars. For a year, director Martin Boudot followed the tracks of their molecules to show how some of the most dangerous ones get into our everyday life. In France, children breathe a pesticide classified as "probably carcinogenic". Distributed all over the world, it’s one of Bayer’s best-sellers. Martin Boudot and his team of reporters took some samples of hair from dozens of children and went to the annual shareholders' meeting of Bayer in Germany to confront the corporation with its own principles.
In Hawaii, politics and citizens battle with the pesticides industry. This paradise on earth has become an open-air laboratory where corporations test their futures plants and seeds. But it’s also experienced an explosion in birth defects on the island and residents voted against the massive use of pesticides in the fields close to schools and hospital. So the pesticide industry sued them to enable the use of pesticides to continue.
Filmed in France, Germany, Hawaii, Belgium and USA, this documentary reveals how some chemical corporations endanger the health of our children.
Dr. Irva Hertz-Picciotto