News:UN Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to food

Thursday, November 16, 2017

The UN has produced a report on UN report on the use of pesticides in agriculture. In the Report, the UN food and pollution experts say that notion that pesticides are essential to feed a fast-growing global population is a myth. It is severely critical of the global corporations that manufacture pesticides, accusing them of the “systematic denial of harms”, “aggressive, unethical marketing tactics” and heavy lobbying of governments which has “obstructed reforms and paralysed global pesticide restrictions”. The report says pesticides have “catastrophic impacts on the environment, human health and society as a whole”, including an estimated 200,000 deaths a year from acute poisoning. Its authors said: “It is time to create a global process to transition toward safer and healthier food and agricultural production.”

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