Beware of pesticides

Greenpeace today released a ranking which ranks the leading manufacturer of pesticides, according to the risks that their products have on human health or the environment and who heads the German multinational Bayer, to have more market share.
According to Greenpeace, this order would be followed by Switzerland's Syngenta, Monsanto's U.S., Germany's BASF and Dow Chemical U.S., all leading companies in the market of plant protection. European employers of pesticides, the ECPA (acronym in English) has rejected this classification.

Greenpeace notes that there are differences in the impact that the products of these companies may have on human health or the environment, but "none are free."

According to the ranking, Monsanto has the highest proportion of harmful pesticides, with 60 percent, but because their market share is smaller, the risks are lower than those involving the production of Bayer and Syngenta.

Bayer and Syngenta sold "many more pesticides a year" than the other three, according to the Greenpeace report.

The company with less "bad marks" of the five would be Dow, although 39 percent of its production is, according to Greenpeace, substances included in a blacklist, the same percentage as Syngenta.

By product, according to Greenpeace, Bayer has the highest percentage of insecticides with hazardous substances (74 percent), like Monsanto in herbicides (90 percent) and BASF fungicides (80 percent).

Greenpeace has said that this classification "test what are still toxic pesticides business of the market leaders."

It has also called on EU countries to tighten its laws on plant protection, since in the Twenty-seven are currently discussing a bill to regulate such products.

European employers grouping the Crop Protection Industry (ECPA) has criticized the Greenpeace report and expressed does not contribute to a debate "informed and sensible" on pesticides.

According to the Director of ECPA, Friedhelm Schmider, "classification will win headlines, but does not add anything constructive and less of a time when we face a global food crisis and farmers need our products to protect their crops."

"All our companies sell products that have been approved by the EU authorities and governments, based on strict safety criteria and rigorous testing; populist actions like this do not contribute at all to the security" of the consumer, has added responsible for the ECPA.


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