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Chemicals under microscope

The use of farm chemicals will be even more closely scrutinised if the authors of a United Nations (UN) sanctioned report have their way. The United Nations Environmental Program (UNEP) recently released the Costs Of Inaction (COI) report onto chemical usage as a whole and is calling for increased processes to be put in place to minimise the risk to both human life and the environment from toxic chemicals. The report recommends a number of preventative measures to lower the risk of chemical damage. And report authors are hoping to rattle the political cage across the globe, saying one of the aims of the report is to raise political awareness of the potential economic benefits of improving chemical management. The report has raised feathers in Australia’s crop protection industry, with industry peak body CropLife expressing disappointment with the report, saying it used limited data in its preparation. CropLife chief executive Matthew Cossey said the report did nothing to allay community fears surrounding the safety of chemicals that were perfectly safe when used correctly. “The positive contributions of crop protection products have not been considered in the reports published by UNEP,” Mr Cossey said. “From improving health to reducing poverty and ensuring a secure global food supply, there are many other factors in this discussion that have been omitted.”

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