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Unions, NGOs Call for Changes to Industry-Sponsored Criteria for Sustainable Palm Oil Authorizing Highly Toxic Pesticides

Posted to the IUF website 17-Nov-2005

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The IUF and the Berne Declaration are calling for fundamental changes to proposed "Principles and Criteria for Sustainable Palm Oil Production" which permit the use of highly toxic pesticides that are extremely harmful to human health and the environment. In their current form, the criteria ensure the interests of the pesticide industry co-sponsors of the initiative - rather than the health of palm oil plantation workers. They will not encourage sustainable production and must therefore be revised.

To read the full text of the joint press release (in pdf format) click here.