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ECCHR requests strong recommendations to avoid health and environmental consequences caused by Bayer and Syngenta pesticides in Punjab
Berlin/Delhi, 7 April 2017 – Organizations from Europe and Asia submitted a complaint to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations in October 2015 on the marketing of hazardous pesticides by Bayer and Syngenta in Punjab/India. Pesticides are sold without adequate labels, available protective clothing, and proper training of the farmers and dealers as the report shows. A video containing farmers’ testimonies was submitted as additional evidence to the FAO and is only released today. This little-known monitoring mechanism is now used for only the third time. The FAO will assess companies’ adherence to the Code of Conduct on Pesticide Management during its annual meeting of the Panel of Experts in New Delhi from 10th to 13th of April and invited the coalition to present its view.
Based on the findings in the report we urge the FAO Panel of Experts to recommend:
The matters addressed in the ad-hoc monitoring report require an immediate response as they relate to severe impacts on human health and the environment reported from Punjab. Already 18 months have elapsed since the submission of the report and it is the Panel of Experts who now has the chance to strongly advocate for the improvement of company conduct with a view to better the lives of thousands of farmers.
ECCHR and its partner organizations urged the FAO/WHO in an open letter and monitoring report to implement urgently needed changes to effectively address the widespread mismanagement of pesticides worldwide.
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