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Press release: UN to assess Bayer & Syngenta’s adherence to international standard on pesticides management

Author: European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights, Berne Declaration, Kheti Virasat Mission, Pesticides Action Network – Asia Pacific, Bread for the World, Published on: 7 April 2017

Organizations from Europe and Asia submitted a complaint to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in October 2015 on the marketing of hazardous pesticides by Bayer and Syngenta in Punjab/India... A video containing farmers’ testimonies was submitted as additional evidence to the FAO and is only released today... The FAO will assess companies’ adherence to the Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management during its annual meeting of the Panel of Experts in New Delhi from 10th to 13th of April and invited the coalition to present its view... [W]e urge the FAO Panel of Experts to recommend: 

to Bayer CropScience and Syngenta to withdraw all pesticide products with inadequate labels from the Punjabi market...

To the Government of India to prohibit the importation, distribution, sale and purchase of highly hazardous pesticides and to enforce its national legislation...

To the governments of Germany and Switzerland to collect and record data on export of pesticides...

To all stakeholders to organize concrete remedial measures for the dire health and environmental situation faced by farmers in Punjab...

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Related companies: Bayer Bayer CropScience (part of Bayer) Syngenta