Scandalous double standards

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According to our estimates, in 2017, about two thirds of Syngenta’s HHPs sales were made in LMICs. The multinational takes advantage of weak regulations in countries like Brazil, Argentina or India to continue to sell its toxic ‘blockbusters’, many of which are not authorized in Switzerland and the European Union.

51 of the 120 pesticide active ingredients in Syngenta’s portfolio are not authorized for use in its home country, Switzerland.

Interviewed by Public Eye, Fernando Bejarano from PAN Mexico said: “Companies such as Syngenta have chosen to promote profit over people and take advantage of weaker regulations in lower income countries to increase their sales.” He stressed that people living in low and middle income countries “are paying the price, in terms of health and environmental impacts”.

Time to act

In order to protect future generations, the most toxic substances must be taken off the market and replaced by safer alternatives. In a petition, Public Eye is calling on Syngenta to commit to put an end to the production and sale of highly hazardous pesticides.