Farmers can feed the world’s seven billion people without using pesticides, a report by UN special rapporteurs on toxics and the right to food says. Pesticide makers disagree. Photo: Reuters

Pesticides a catastrophe for nature and kill 200,000 people a year, UN report says, arguing it’s a myth farmers need them

UN food rights rapporteur accuses global pesticide manufacturers of denying the harm products cause, and using unethical marketing and lobbying that paralyses restrictions on their use; industry disputes findings

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Farmers can feed the world’s seven billion people without using pesticides, a report by UN special rapporteurs on toxics and the right to food says. Pesticide makers disagree. Photo: Reuters
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