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Serious allegations against Syngenta over deadly pesticide


“One sip can kill!” The US environmental agency warns against the pesticide paraquat. The toxic weed killer, which the agrochemical giant Syngenta sells under the name Gramoxone in around 100 countries, is banned in Switzerland and the EU. The deaths caused by the pesticide are said to be in the tens of thousands.

Former Syngenta chemist Jon Heylings (65) pointed out the risks of the pesticide internally decades ago. The toxicologist, who was responsible for the product safety of Paraquat between 1986 and 2007, described his struggle so far in vain in the “Rundschau” yesterday evening. The SRF magazine has internal documents evaluated by the non-governmental organization Public Eye. These show how Syngenta has put profit before product safety at Paraquat and has accepted thousands of deaths.

Published: March 24th, 2021, 9:59 p.m.

Last updated: 24.03.2021, 10:02 p.m.

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