The objective of this study, led by the Association Marocaine Santé, Environnement et Toxicovigilance (AMSETOX) was to draw up a situation report on highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) in Morocco in order to promote their elimination and the use of alternative non-chemical approaches. At its conclusion, AMSETOX recommends to: - Establish a strategy for the progressive ban of highly hazardous pesticides registered in Morocco; - Increase the country's capacity to identify products banned in the country; - Increase control capacities to detect counterfeit products;
This report presents findings of a study completed by AEEFG in April 2020. It is a preliminary study to identify highly hazardous pesticides, based on Pesticide Action Network, Food & Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Health Organization (WHO) criteria, in use in Tunisia.
Majority of Highly Hazardous Pesticides are sold by the top 5 agrochemical companies to developing countries such as India, a joint investigation by Unearthed and Public Eye shows. (Photo credit: SAHANIVASA)
PAN Asia Pacific (PANAP) expressed alarm at a recent investigation that more than one-third of the income of the top five agrochemical companies comes from the sales of Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs).
In a joint investigation by Unearthed and Public Eye, it was revealed that in 2018, Bayer-Monsanto, BASF, Syngenta, FMC and Corteva (formerly Dow and DuPont) sold $4.8 billion worth of products that contain HHPs, or pesticides that are highly hazardous to people, animals or ecosystems.
These CropLife companies, which together dominate two-thirds of the global agrochemicals market, also mostly sold HHPs in low-and middle-income countries, which represented 45% of HHPs sales, in comparison to high-income countries, which represented only 27% of HHPs sales.
The report "Highly Hazardous Pesticides in Mexico," coordinated by The Pesticide Action Network in Mexico (RAPAM) is now available. In the foreword to the English edition, Hilal Elver, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to food, and Baskut Tuncak, United Nations Special Rapporteur on hazardous substances and wastes, say: "This book provides an excellent overview about the peril of the wide use of highly hazardous pesticides in Mexico, many banned in other countries.
They add: “It highlights the need for changes in the regulatory framework and the promotion of emerging agroecological alternatives from peasant communities, including organic farming. It is a very good source to convince other developing countries to phase out dangerous agro-chemicals, achieve healthy food and healthy environments, all the while protecting human rights in agrarian communities and the right to adequate food for all people."