Channel 4 News in the UK has reported that tens of thousands of people have died from poisoning by a lethal pesticide made in the UK. Hundreds of secret documents and a whistleblower raise questions about whether manufacturer Syngenta put profit before people.
The weedkiller Gramoxone, with its active ingredient paraquat, has helped farmers grow food cheaply for decades. But it’s so lethal, one sip can kill. One former UN official said deaths may be in the hundreds of thousands.
Gramoxone is so toxic its sale has been banned in the UK and EU for more than 10 years. But it’s still made by Syngenta in Huddersfield before being sent all over the world to countries including to India, where farmers still use it today.
Syngenta presented flawed safety data on Gramoxone and secret company documents suggest Syngenta had safer more expensive alternatives that it held back from consumers to protect its profits – which the company denies.
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