The Yavatmal scandal

Syngentas toxic exports - A Public Eye Investigation

In 2017, hundreds of cotton farmers were poisoned – and over 20 died – in just a few weeks in the central Indian district of Yavatmal. The culprit? Cocktails of highly hazardous pesticides, including an insecticide going by the name of Polo. Syngenta exported this insecticide from Switzerland, where it has long been banned. How did this scandal come about? And what responsibility does Syngenta bear? We went hunting for answers in the villages around Yavatmal. 

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