The head of Syngenta, the world’s biggest pesticide maker, has urged the continued use of pesticides in agriculture and our food production system. (‘High risk of food shortages without pesticides, says chemical giant’ – the Guardian, 17 June). Can anybody really be surprised at such a stance from any of the companies that produce these chemicals?

Considering that sales of pesticides in the UK alone each year amount to around £627 million, and reports have put the value of the world pesticides industry at a staggering US$58.46 billion, then this is ...


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