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Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 June, 2004, 06:29 GMT 07:29 UK
Call for crop spraying clamp down
Crop spraying
Campaigners want crop-spraying banned near residential areas
A woman from West Sussex is leading a campaign calling on the government to bring in measures to protect people from chemical crop spraying.

Georgina Downs, 30, from Chichester, wants a ban on spraying near homes.

The former singer claims to have suffered years of ill health caused by chemicals sprayed near where she lives.

The call comes as ministers are due to reveal results of a consultation about farm pesticides and the demands for no spray zones near residential areas.

Doing nothing is not an option
Sandra Bell, Friends of the Earth

Ms Downs has also called for the public to be told when chemicals are sprayed near their homes.

She said: "My family and I have been exposed to chemicals for 20 years through crop-spraying.

"I have suffered from a swollen throat, blisters on my skin and in my mouth and in 1991 I had immune system problems and was in hospital for a month.

"Since I bgean my campiagn I have had loads of inquiries from the public and people who have suffered like me."

Sandra Bell, from Friends of the Earth, said: "After a year of consultation and consideration we now want to see a clear commitment from the govenrment to given people the right to know what is being sprayed on land near to their homes and schools and to introduce measures to reduce their exposure."

"Doing nothing is not an option."

The BBC's Peter Lane
"Today farmers were told that the much talked-about buffer zones have been ruled out"

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