Criticism of Highly Toxic Pesticide Exports From Switzerland and EU to Brazil

This pesticide, an organophosphate, has been banned on Swiss soil since 2005 due to its potential risk to human health and the environment

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Swiss organization 'Public Eye' accuses the agricultural Swiss company Syngenta of exporting tons of the highly toxic insecticide Profenofos from Switzerland to Brazil. In 2018 alone, it was 37 tons.

This pesticide, an organophosphate, has been banned on Swiss soil since 2005 due to its potential risk to human health and the environment. According to the eco-toxicologist Nathalie Chèvre of the University of Lausanne, this is a neurotoxin like sarin.

In Brazil, it is one of the most commonly found pesticides in drinking water, writes Public Eye in a research report. It is . . .

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