Products that are not toxic for everyone?

Banned in the European Union because considered dangerous, pesticides are nevertheless exported by thousands of tonnes from France or Germany.

This infographic was produced by Martin Grandjean, researcher in history at the University of Lausanne in Switzerland and founding member of Humanistica, an association dedicated to “Digital humanities”. Posted on its website on September 10, it was designed using data from the investigation teams of Public Eye and Unearthed.

These compiled the “export notifications” from the European Chemicals Agency (ECHA) and national administrations, in order to identify which countries export which pesticides. It shows that products considered too dangerous to be used within the European Union – such as paraquat, a powerful herbicide – continue to be produced there for export to other countries with less stringent regulations. A situation that raises ethical questions.

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