Notes to broadcasters on food storage:

    | October 5, 2009

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    Food storage is an important, ongoing issue in all farming communities. If food is stored improperly, it may be damaged or destroyed by pests or by exposure to the elements. However, sometimes the effort to protect stored food with pesticides can result in food poisoning. An estimates 200,000 to 3000,000 people die each year from acute pesticide poisoning. Millions more suffer illnesses from direct exposure to pesticides. Media reports of tainted beans raised the Nigerian public’s awareness of the issue last year.

    If you wish to explore this issue further, here are some guides to reducing health risks associated with pesticide use:
    -“Preventing health risks from the use of pesticides in agriculture” (posted on the World Health Organization website)
    -“Risks and consequences of the misuse of pesticides in the treatment of stored products” (posted on the UN Food and Agriculture Organization website)

    As this week’s news story demonstrates, there are effective ways to protect stored food without using pesticides. For radio spots on pesticide safety and scripts on organic alternatives to food-storage pesticides, please see the following:
    -“Protect your health and the community from agricultural pesticides and fertilizers” (Package 83, Script 4, March 2008)
    -“Powder of little pepper protects stored rice” (Package 81, Script 2, August 2007)
    -“A local plant prevents pest damage to stored seeds” (Package 81, Script 1, August 2007)
    -”Protect stored grain from beetle damage” (Package 72, Script 7, September 2004)

    For more information on the triple-bagging storage technique discussed in this week’s news story, scroll down to the Script of the Week.