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posted 23 October 2008 06:26 PM      Profile for Doug   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Chapter 11 strikes again!

A company that makes the commonly used herbicide ingredient 2,4-D is challenging the Quebec government under the North American Free Trade Agreement for banning its product.

The Canadian unit of Dow AgroSciences alleges the prohibition of the weed killer is without any scientific basis and in violation of the trade agreement between Canada, the United States and Mexico.

"We are of the view that this is in breach to certain provisions of NAFTA," Jim Wispinski, president and CEO of Dow AgroSciences, said in a press release. "We don't welcome this step but feel it is necessary given the circumstances."

Wispinski called the province's prohibition "tantamount to a blanket ban based on non-scientific criteria." He argues public policy decisions should be based on scientific evidence and a clear set of rules.

The company is challenging the province under Chapter 11 of the free trade agreement, which includes a provision that allows private companies to sue the federal governments of any of the three countries if a member country enacts laws that "expropriate" their profits.

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posted 23 October 2008 06:50 PM      Profile for Fidel     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
PANNA: California Finds Lawn Chemical Dangerous to Health

Next time you see a Dow Chemical ad, think of treachery, betrayal and Auschwitz

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posted 23 October 2008 06:58 PM      Profile for lagatta     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Yep. And between Auschwitz and Bhopal, there was also the little matter of the Napalm used as a horrific weapon against the Vietnamese. I remember protesting that when I was just a kid.

And those fuckers are trying to force us to allow carcinogenic pesticides for cosmetic purposes?

Bring it on, as a notorious (and stupid) class enemy said. We can mobilise anyone from nuns to cancer charities about this.

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