Stronger national laws needed on pesticides

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Highly hazardous pesticides should be phased out because it has proven very difficult to ensure proper handling. Photo: FAO/Asim Hafeez

Stronger national laws need to be put in place on the use of pesticides.

That's the warning from the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

The UN agencies are calling on countries to review their regulatory frameworks on the use of pesticides to ensure they take into account the increased use of the chemicals worldwide.

Veronica Reeves has more.

In the last 15 years the size of the global pesticide market has doubled to the tune of US$50 billion in annual sales.

Given the dramatic increased use of the chemicals, the FAO and WHO have released updated guidelines for countries focusing on legislation and labelling. 

The UN agencies say countries need to review their laws on pesticides to make sure they are up to date and reflect their increased uses.

The FAO first launched its international guide on their use and distribution some 30 years ago. 

Food experts say that much more is known about the long-term health and environmental effects of pesticides these days, and this new information needs to be reflected in national legislation.

Duration: 44″

 

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