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12 Oct 2015

European Centre for Constitutional & Human Rights

ECCHR demands investigations by FAO and WHO: Bayer and Syngenta pesticides endanger tens of thousands in Punjab, India

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Foreign companies come with their pesticides and say they will double production. They do not think about the harms to human beings in the country,” a farmer reported when being interviewed as part of a survey carried out on the use of pesticides in Punjab (India) in March 2015. The farmer’s testimony is part of a video on possible legal action on highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs...[and]...is also included in a Monitoring Report submitted by ECCHR on 6 October 2015 to the Panel of Experts on Pesticides Management at the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations which is currently meeting in Beijing (China). The report is supported by Bread for the World (Germany), the Berne Declaration (Switzerland), the Pesticide Action Network Asia Pacific(Malaysia) and Kheti Virasat Mission, an organic farming movement based in Punjab (India). The report is based on numerous accounts from Punjabi farmers and documents how Bayer and Syngenta are involved in the sale of highly hazardous pesticides but fail to adequately inform the farmers about the dangers of the pesticides or the necessary safety measures. In the opinion of the five organizations from Europe and Asia, the report shows that the business practices of these transnational chemicals giants violate the FAO Code of Conduct.