Rural education can cut pesticide deaths - report
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Agrochemical giants must make amends for pesticide-caused deaths by funding rural education in the developing world and phasing out their most dangerous chemicals, an environmental group [Environmental Justice Foundation] said yesterday...Monsanto...says it makes the safety of communities where it operates its highest priority. It has spearheaded programmes in Indonesia and China that reduce pesticide usage through insect-resistant plants.
Author: Environmental Justice Foundation
An estimated three million reported cases of pesticide associated acute poisoning occur annually, resulting in 220,000 deaths. 99% of these occur in the developing world...[page 21 of report lists recommendations to the Agrochemical Industry, including: "Apply the same best practice standards in developing countries as are required in industrialised nations throughout pesticide products’ entire lifespans."]