New urgency targets mysterious kidney disease in Central America

By Sasha Chavkin

In El Salvador, health ministries formally recognize a kidney disease killing laborers — and vow deeper scrutiny of its causes.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Environmental Protection Agency":

"… ther companies also produce pesticides containing 2,4-D. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, excessive quantities of glyphosate and 2,4-D in drinking water can cause …"

As kidney disease kills thousands across continents, scientists scramble for answers

By Sasha Chavkin

How a rare kidney disease is killing laborers and vexing researchers in three countries.

Excerpts from this story referencing "Centers for Disease Control and Prevention":

"… ease, cancer and diabetes,” said David McQueen, a U.S. delegate from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention who has since retired from the agency. “And we felt, the position we wer …"

Thousands of sugar cane workers die as wealthy nations stall on solutions

By Sasha Chavkin and Ronnie Greene

Mysterious kidney disease has killed thousands of men in an isolated region of Central America, but why?

Excerpts from this story referencing "San Antonio":

"… ;Resistance has begun to soften — notably at Nicaragua Sugar’s Ingenio San Antonio plantation, where the Boston University team is working. But the industry …"

"… nies to collaborate on a study of worker safety. She said that the Ingenio San Antonio and Ingenio Monte Rosa ignored the request. In 2007, Aragon said another …"

"… d another request for access by her colleagues was rejected by the Ingenio San Antonio. “Ultimately, that was the conclusion,” she said. “Not one sugar com …"

"… hen-Ambassador Paul Trivelli notified the U.S. State Department of Ingenio San Antonio’s first ethanol shipment and wrote that the company had embraced “the …"


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