Catholic bishops urge banana firms to stop poison rain

Nov. 09, 2009

Alarmed over the indiscriminate exposure of people and the environment to poison brought about by the use of airplanes in spraying chemicals to banana plantations, the Archdiocese of Manila urged the banana companies to stop using this method immediately.

Gaudencio Cardinal Rosales and three other bishops wrote an appeal letter to Stephen Antig, the executive director of the Pilipino Banana Growers and Exporters Association (PBGEA) on October 26, asking his members to stop aerial spraying in their plantations now since it is an immoral practice that infringes upon human health and dignity.

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