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New app against toxic pesticides

FAIRTRADE, along with a coalition of certification schemes, announces a new free app designed to support the reduction of highly toxic pesticide use.

Reducing the use of highly toxic pesticides and offering relevant information about non-chemical pest control alternatives is key in a world where around two million tons of pesticides are consumed every year and where around 25 million agricultural workers experience unintentional pesticide poisonings annually. The new app, called “Pesticides and Alternatives”, brings a wealth of scientific knowledge directly to the phones of farmers and plantation managers in developing countries so they can identify the least toxic pest control methods for their crop and typical pests. It contains information on non-chemical pest control alternatives from agricultural knowledge resource CABI for 2.700 pests and diseases.
The app can be downloaded here.