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Demands to Syngenta

  • Stop producing and selling paraquat immediately, and phase out the production and sale of all other highly hazardous pesticides (as per the list of highly hazardous pesticides from the Pesticide Action Network.)
  • No patents on plants. As the first step, no further applications should be submitted for patents on conventionally bred plants.
  • No investments in the development of gene-manipulating seed technologies that interrupt natural reproduction processes, such as the terminator and traitor technologies
  • Compliance with the UN Guiding Principles for Business and Human Rights, known as the Ruggie Framework. In December 2011, Public Eye issued an expert report (PDF, 527 KB) showing how Syngenta's sales of paraquat are in breach of the UN guidelines.
  • Compliance with the FAO's International Code of Conduct on the Distribution and Use of Pesticides. The key point here would be the implementation of Art. 3.5 of the Code of Conduct: "Pesticides whose handling and application require the use of personal protective equipment that is uncomfortable, expensive or not readily available should be avoided, especially in the case of small-scale users in tropical climates."