The United Nations Organization has spoken out against the production of pesticides through a new report where the Special Rapporteur on the right to food, Hilal Elver, criticizes the companies that manufacture these chemicals for the food industry, accusing them of systematically denying "the magnitude of the damage" caused by these substances, as well as of developing "aggressive and unethical tactics in the field of marketing."
"Hazardous pesticides imply a considerable cost to governments andhave disastrous consequences for the environment, human health and society as a whole, affecting various human rights and subjecting certain groups to a greater risk of seeing their rights violated ", reads the text.
To illustrate the negative effect of pesticides, in her report the Special Rapporteur refers to registered cases of cancer, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, hormonal disorders, as well as developmental and sterility problems caused by chronic exposure to this type of chemical. .
Many producers say that with the drastic growth of the human population predicted for the period until 2050, pesticides are "vital" for the food industry. However, Hilal Elver maintains that such statementsthey are nothing more than a "myth", as declared to the newspaper ‘The Guardian’.
Likewise, Elver warns that pesticides "have nothing to do" with the task of ending hunger, and clarifies that the problems that humanity faces today are not related to production capacities but to poverty, inequality and distribution.