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Government urged to ban use of ‘deadly’ pesticide

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Thai farmers on a truck with a 9 HP, 1 cylinder diesel Kubota engine

Thai farmers on a truck with a 9 HP, 1 cylinder diesel Kubota engine. Photo: Wikimedia Commons.

Health activists have urged the government to ban “paraquat”, a popular grass-and-pest killing chemical, as scientific studies have proved it is a health threat to farmers and consumers, but the Agriculture Department has raised concerns over the economic impact of a ban.

Paraquat is banned in more than 50 countries around the world due to its high toxicity, as only a small amount of consumption can kill a human being.

Full story: Bangkok Post


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