1980’s: Tamworth Crop Dusting Loading. Pesticides: Multiple

*** lives in Tamworth, in northern NSW. Her husband’s job in the crop dusting industry involved loading pesticides onto planes. These included endosulfan, dicamba, methomyl, benomyl, 2,4-D, chlorpyrifos, glyphosate and picloram. He wore no protective clothing when he worked with pesticides and when Sandra washed she could smell them on her husband’s clothing. She did not for a moment think that this constituted exposure to them. She became pregnant but the baby was born nine weeks early and died one hour later from lack of blood. The autopsy revealed that the baby died from Anaemia Respiratory Distress Syndrome and that he had only five millilitres of blood in his body. After this experience, Sandra’s husband changed his job but still experiences the restlessness, headaches and skin irritation that began when he first started working with pesticides. p53 Quick Poison Slow Poison. Pesticide Risk in the Lucky Country. 1994 Kate Short