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Syngenta makes billions selling highly hazardous pesticides

Author: Public Eye, Published on: 15 April 2019

In a new report, Public Eye sheds light [...] on the scale of a business as secretive as it is lucrative: highly hazardous pesticides. By cross-referencing data [...] with the list of 310 substances that present the highest levels of acute or chronic hazards to health or the environment issued by the Pesticide Action Network (PAN), [...] Public Eye’s unprecedented investigation reveals that ... [o]f the 32 substances which are included in the company’s “key marketed products”, 15 feature on the PAN blacklist of pesticides...

Public Eye carried out investigations in Brazil, Syngenta’s main market. Scientific studies show disturbing rates of congenital deformities, cancer and other chronic diseases in the regions with the highest levels of pesticide use...

Atrazine is one of the most frequently detected substances. This herbicide is classified as an endocrine disruptor and a reproductive toxicant. It was banned in Switzerland and the European Union over ten years ago... But Syngenta continues to sell it in Brazil...

Public Eye is calling on Syngenta to commit to put an end to the production and sale of highly hazardous pesticides... [T]he Swiss government should implement mandatory human rights and environmental due diligence requirements for Swiss companies, as proposed by the Responsible Business Initiative, and should support an international treaty to regulate the business of highly hazardous pesticides.

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