- September 17, 2020
According to Greenpeace, Europe is exporting pesticides banned domestically to poorer countries
Each year, thousands of tonnes of pesticides banned in Europe are being exported to poorer countries. This is revealed by a recent Greenpeace study analysing the export notifications submitted by Member States to the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA). In 2018 alone, more than 81,000 tonnes of pesticides containing active substances banned on European fields left Europe for South Africa, Ukraine, Brazil and other third-world countries with less strict standards. With more than 32,000 tonnes exported in that year, the United Kingdom was by far the largest exporter in volumes. Italy, the Netherlands, Germany, France, Spain and Belgium were further major pesticide exporters.
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