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Ban on hazardous pesticides can save lives without affecting agricultural output A53-years-old laboratory assistant at a reputed hospital in Kathmandu recently bought aluminium phosphide tablets and ingested three of them. He started vomiting immediately, and had to be rushed into emergency.  Because of his poor cardiopulmonary status and low mentation, he was intubated and transferred to the...

One in every 100 deaths is a suicide: campaigners say criminalisation deters people seeking the help they needSarah Johnson Suicide is still considered a crime in 20 countries, punishable by fines of thousands of pounds and up to three years in prison, research has revealed. In many nations children can be prosecuted for attempted suicide and in...

The Forbes: It’s clear that agrochemicals that are highly lethal to insects and weeds can also be extremely dangerous to people. And much of that human harm involves self-poisoning.https://www.forbes.com/sites/christinero/2021/04/04/the-growing-case-for-banning-pesticides-linked-to-suicides/?sh=55c389b3e124 ...

Sri Lanka has been awarded a special accolade at Future Policy Award 2021, in recognition of the policies and laws adopted to regulate highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs) and to reduce the suicide rate in the country. The UN-backed Award, often referred to as the ‘Oscar on Best Polices,’ celebrates the most effective policy solutions that minimise...

https://youtu.be/uLyGlXxs_k4 Tens of thousands of people, like teenager Shashikala from Sri Lanka, 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...