EU countries allowed the export of 80.000 tons of banned pesticides

Wheat, about dts
Wheat, about dts
In 2018, the member states of the EU approved the export of more than 81.000 tonnes of pesticides that are not permitted in the EU itself due to risks to health and the environment.

This emerges from a study that the Swiss non-governmental organization Public Eye together with Unearthed, the research unit of Greenpeace Great Britain, published this Thursday and evaluated for the export permits, about which the "Süddeutsche Zeitung" (Thursday edition) reported in advance. The evaluation comes to the conclusion that the majority of the pesticides were intended for developing and emerging countries, in which less strict application rules apply and the protection of farmers and agricultural workers is difficult to enforce.

By far the most important exporter of pesticides that are not approved in the EU is a Swiss agrochemicals group that sells a highly toxic herbicide from Great Britain, among other things. Several German companies are also involved in the trade in banned pesticides, reports the SZ.