ALERT: Hold Syngenta Responsible for Global Paraquat
23 Nov 2006
Paraquat, an extremely
toxic herbicide, poisons tens of thousands of people every year. It
is manufactured by the world’s largest pesticide company, Swiss
multinational Syngenta. There is no antidote for this dangerous pesticide,
yet it is marketed in 100 countries and used in large quantities particularly
by farmers in the Southern Hemisphere.
Swiss NGO Berne
Declaration is holding a virtual “People’s Vote” on
Syngenta’s practices and asking for your participation. PAN groups
and many others are collaborating in the broad public campaign to bring
public attention to Syngenta’s inhuman business policies. We ask
you to join in demanding that Syngenta take responsibility for the devastating
health impacts of this highly hazardous pesticide and stop production
Take Action Now!
to read the case against Syngenta and register your verdict of Guilty
Paraquat is one of the world's most controversial herbicides. Not approved
for use in Switzerland since 1990 because of the risks associated with
it, the poison is increasingly used in countries of in the Southern
Hemisphere by plantation workers and small farmers to kill weeds. Thousands
of people are poisoned every year because they
lack protective equipment and clothing or have insufficient information
about paraquat. Thousands die a painful accidental death or commit suicide
using this pesticide.
Time is short! The
campaign against Syngenta’s irresponsible production and marketing
of paraquat needs the support of at least 50,000 people by the end of
the year, in order to garner a groundswell that would equal a public
referendum on this matter.
Sign the referendum
NOW! and please pass this action request to your friends.
The Berne Declaration
is an independent Swiss non-profit group managing the public proceeding
against Syngenta in conjunction with AN Asia Pacific , PAN UK and thirty-
six other international environmental and human health organizations.