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Poisoning Others and Oneself

have come. The question whether Social Control could have achieved the results is left open, but good intentions without organisational changes have never paid good dividends in India. The third question is the crucial one: How far has the banking system achieved the objectives of nationalisation? The new thrust', says Rangarajan, 'is unmistakable', but he is careful to emphasise disparities in banking spread, slow-down in branch expansion, heavy concentration of deposits in five metropolitan towns, inter-state disparities in credit availability and the failure to provide credit to the small and medium- sized borrowers. The high cost-structure in rural branches raises the question of THE supermarkets of the United States are overflowing with luscious yellow bananas, pineapples and other tropical fruits and vegetables. At the same time consumers are sitting back smugly, glad that branches of the Federal government like the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Agriculture are diligently monitoring dangerous pesticides in their food. However, such optimism is ill founded. Wier and Scha- piro of the Oakland-based Center for Investigative Reporting present a comprehensive and readable investigative study of how dangerous agro-chemicals, outrightly banned for use in the US are, nevertheless, entering the American diet through food imports. Many banned or severely restricted chemicals, especially pesticides, are produced in the US for high profit export to the third world. There they are used on "cash crops', which are subsequently reexported to the US and other industrialised countries for high profit. This flow is tightly controlled by a handful of giant US and European multinational conglomerates.
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