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More than 25 per cent of pesticides used in U.S. are banned in Europe, study finds

Reference: CTV News

More than a quarter of the total volume of pesticides used in U.S. agriculture are banned in the European Union, and 3 per cent and 2 per cent are banned in China and Brazil respectively, according to a study published Thursday in the journal Environmental Health.

Researchers studied herbicides, insecticides and fungicides, and found that of 374 active ingredients authorized for agricultural use in the U.S. in 2016, 72 of them were banned in the EU.

Two products in particular were banned in the EU, Brazil and China, including paraquat, an herbicide which the U.S. Centers for Disease Control calls "highly poisonous," which has been banned in Europe since 2007...Read More