UNPOISON

SOUTH AFRICA

 

For All Forever

UnPoison is a civil society movement made up of concerned citizens, educational institutions, and multi-sector organisations that are united behind the common goals of effecting legislative reform of agrichemical policy, ensuring effective regulation and monitoring of agrichemical use, transparent registration processes and access to product information, freeing the agricultural sector from industry capture, and ensuring a healthy, clean, just, and safe South Africa for all of us. Forever. 

Registered Agrichemical Products

when agrichemical policy was written

Pesticides Banned in EU still legal in SA

Pieces of Fragmented Legislation

Constitutional Rights breached

Our Vision

 

UnPoison holds a vision for South Africa of an agricultural sector that produces vital, nutrient dense, non-toxic food to build strong immune systems as the corner stone of our national health; that creates a healthy environment for farmers, farmworkers and residents in areas surrounding farmlands; that supports small holder farmers wanting grow food using unpatented seed and safe inputs; that reduces the input costs for farmers to run self-sufficient, profitable farms free of debt; that builds microbial soil life, increases humus levels and topsoil production for South Africa’s future generations to inherit more arable land than we currently have; that sequesters carbon and alters micro-climates to help mitigate climate change; that does not deplete the soil, pollute waterways, land, or air; that regenerates ecosystems and increases biodiversity; that works with Nature, not against her. 

 

Our Mission

UnPoison is committed to realising our vision for a clean, safe, fair, healthy, climate-change resilient, food secure South Africa in the following ways:

ENGAGE

Engage with stakeholders across sectors to share knowledge and align with other initiatives.

ADVOCATE

An overhaul of the legislative framework; registration of safe alternatives; effective regulating & monitoring of agrichemicals.

RESEARCH

Research the usage and impacts of agrichemicals, as well as information on safe alternatives.

Empower

Empower those affected by unsafe exposure with information and support to change or tools for recourse.

SUPPORT

Support aligned initiatives, and farmers wanting to transition away from agrichemicals.

ACTIVATE

Develop public awareness campaigns and inspire activities that mobilise support for safe and fair industry practices.

EDUCATE

Provide info on risks, impacts, safety, alternatives, and our constitutional rights.

STOP

The the use of Highly Hazardous Pesticides, double standards, and the systematic breach of constitutional rights.

Members & Supporters

Other Uses of Agrichemicals

Residential

Used domestically in homes and gardens, paints, and handwashes.

Transportation

For insect control on aeroplanes, and on the hulls of ships to prevent barnacles.

Borders

For foot-and-mouth disease.

GROUNDS

In public spaces, parks, grounds, sports fields and golf courses.

HOSPITALITY

As pest control in hotels and hospitality institutions.

 

TOWNSHIPS

Sold by street traders in the informal market for pest control in townships.

 

MOSQUITO CONTROL

For malaria prevention.

 

VETERINARY

In veterinary applications for animals.

Forestry

Used to clear alien vegetation, roadsides, and on treated timber.

UnPoison Webinars

UnPoison facilitates information sharing webinars for public benefit covering the full spectrum of agrichemical impacts with the broadest range of stakeholder participants.

Our Work

2021

Aug

UnPoison Comment on Draft Regulation

On 21st Aug 2021 UnPoision submitted a legal comment to DALRRD via the registrar highlighting the constitutional violation of the draft legslation that should not be permitted to be passed.

2021

June

Repeal of Colonial and Apartheid Legislation

On 3rd  June 2021 UnPoison responded to the Department of Justice seeking to dismantle laws that perpetuate the legacy of  Apartheid. The Submission on Act 36 of 1947, now 74 years old does not take account of various elements in the Bill of Rights and no amount of amending can make it fit for purpose in a democratic South Africa.

2020

Dec

Spray Drift in South Africa

This paper by SAOSO and GMO & Poison-free Zones highlights the duty of legislators to enforce bufferzones and other reasonable measures.

2019

Oct

Chemical Remedies Submission on Law Reform

This legal submission was made to government requesting a process of law reform of Act 36 of 1947 which is outdated, fragmented, and systematically violates our constitutional rights.

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