'Aggressive' firms peddling myth pesticides are needed to feed world condemned by UN
Key Excerpts from Article on Website of The Independent (One of the UK's leading newspapers)
Posted: October 23rd, 2017
The idea that pesticides are necessary to feed the worlds fast-growing population is inaccurate and misleading, a UN report has warned. The document, which is expected to be presented to the UN Human Rights Council this week, strongly denounced the aggressive promotion of pesticides by the industry as experts found the chemicals had catastrophic impacts on the environment, human health and society as a whole. [These impacts] have been exacerbated by corporations systematic denial, aggressive, unethical marketing tactics and by having obstructed reforms and paralysed global pesticide restrictions globally. Lobbyists have often defended pesticides as being necessary to increase yields as the world is facing threats of climate change impact. But the report debunks this idea. The assertion promoted by the agrochemical industry that pesticides are necessary to achieve food security is not only inaccurate, but dangerously misleading. In principle, there is adequate food to feed the world; inequitable production and distribution systems present major blockages that prevent those in need from accessing it. The report notes that while pesticides have not succeeded in eliminating worldwide hunger, studies indicate that food can contain a cocktail of pesticides. Washing has no effect on modern pesticides.
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