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Uranium dust used as pesticide in Tanzania: urgent need to stop this

Action needed’ on uranium use in Tanzania, DW 11 Nov 12, Reports say Tanzanian farmers have used uranium dust as a pesticide. Immediate inspections are needed, says Ute Koczy, a member of the German parliament and Green Party spokeswoman on development issues.
DW: Tanzanian media have reported that local farmers have used uranium
dust to protect their crops. When you found out about this, you wrote
an open letter to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as
well as the president and prime minister of Tanzania. What did you
call for in the letter?

Ute Koczy: First of all, I want more information and an explanation.
It seems to me to be a very questionable practice that farmers are
beginning to use radioactive dust to protect their produce. So our
first question is about what’s going on in Tanzania. Who’s responsible
for it? What’s the background behind this behavior? Who’s procuring
it? And who is at work here? We see a real urgency for the state and
various organizations involved to inform the public, so that the
practice can be stopped as soon as possible……


November 12, 2012 - Posted by | AFRICA, environment


  1. expanded on that story a little
    there was a load of poisonous cucmbers last year,, wonder if the seeds came from Tanzania?
    green beans of the menu as well as one or a dozen other things 😦

    Comment by arclight2011 | November 12, 2012 | Reply

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