• Item #A970
  • ISBN: 0871567970
  • ISBN13: 978-0-871567-97-0
  • Copyright 1988
  • 210 pp.
  • Price: $10.00

The Bhopal Syndrome

Pesticides, environment, and health

By David Weir


This classic work, once again available, examines the implications of the world's worst industrial disaster for three communities around the world harboring extremely hazardous chemical facilities like the Union Carbide pesticide plant, which gassed the city of Bhopal in India.

The Bhopal Syndrome begins with an account of the "Hiroshima of the chemical industry," placing it in the context of the global pesticide industry. It urges that the community's right to know about such hazards be recognized and that pesticides be subjected to more rigorous testing before they are released. The book concludes, "Before reversal becomes impossible, our society will have to limit the concentration of wealth, power and global decision-making by ever larger, more tightly centralized and undemocratic corporate empires."

What People are Saying...

"The Bhopal Syndrome does not suggest that the world can live without insecticides. However Mr. Weir does advocate the sort of "right to know" laws that could have saved thousands of lives in Bhopal: even Union Carbide's own local toxicologist hadn't been told the gas was toxic! Like many environmentalists and life scientists, Mr. Weir also argues for a more thoroughly thought-out, world-wise agriculture strategy, with policies based far less on the short-term balance sheets of multinational companies and more on the long-term ecological notion that we're borrowing this plant from our grandchildren."

The New York Times Book Review

"This is a straightforward, passionate book that leaves little doubt that we all must work to put an end to the "Bhopal syndrome", the disease of people captive to technology out of control."

San Francisco Chronicle

His work is in that honourable tradition of American muckraking journalism, standing up for private citizens' rights against the power of big business. Yet Weir goes beyond whistle-blowing to offer ways of curbing demand for the agrichemicals - the only realistic brake on the momentum of the Bhopal syndrome.

-- The New Internationalist