(CitizensOutpost) Two experts from the UN are calling for a global treaty to farm without pesticides. Hilal Elver, UN special reporter on the right to food, and Baskut Tuncak, special reporter on toxins, have brought research to the Human Rights Council in Geneva claiming pesticides are responsible for 200,000 acute poising deaths every year.
Chronic exposure has been linked to cancer, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s disease, hormone disruption, developmental disorders and sterility. As reported by Sustainable Pulse:
The special rapporteurs challenged the pesticide industry’s “systematic denial of harms” and “aggressive, unethical marketing tactics,” noting the industry is spending massive amounts of money to influence policymakers and contest scientific evidence showing their products do in fact cause great harm to human and environmental health.
The report goes on to explain that pesticides aren’t necessary to ensure sufficient amounts of food for the world population, even going to the extent of calling the notion a “myth.” Additionally, decades of heavy pesticide use has failed to eliminate global hunger and has contaminated the food supply to the point of not being able to be washed off.
“The assertion promoted by the agrochemical industry that pesticides are necessary to achieve food security is not only inaccurate, but dangerously misleading.
In principle, there is adequate food to feed the world; inequitable production and distribution systems present major blockages that prevent those in need from accessing it …”
Here are a list of the most contaminated foods based on pesticide content:
- Sweet bell peppers
As previously reported, one of the most heavily used pesticides is glysophate and has been linked to many health related issues including, bot not limited to: nutritional deficiencies, disruption of biosynthesis of amino acids, impairment of sulfate transport / sulfur metabolism, increased antibiotic resistance, and others.
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