20 Jul 2010

WA farmers using EU banned pesticides

DOZENS of hazardous pesticides, which are banned in other countries, are used on WA farms.
A report detailing the most "dangerous" chemicals, classified as known or likely to cause cancer, that are stocked and sold in Australia has been released today by the World Wildlife Fund and pollution advisory group National Toxics Network.

More than 80 of the products sprayed on fruits, weeds, vegetables and animals to ward off pests and disease in WA are prohibited in Britain, France and Germany.

According to the WWF, the list includes "17 chemicals that are known, likely or probably carcinogens, and 48 chemicals flagged as having the potential to interfere with hormones".
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