Kenya Told To Be Truthful In Conversation On Pesticides
"Kenyan farmers deserve to know the truth about pesticides. The associations championing the use of pesticides have misled our farmers, who deserve the truth about toxic pesticides'', Greenpeace Africa Food campaigner, Claire Nasike has said. This follows a media report that Kenyan farmers have petitioned the Kenyan parliament to review an EU policy that prompted a ban of the use of some pesticides, before the country adopts it.
Kenyans' right to safe food has been reportedly compromised, after years of exposure to food that is high in pesticide residues. Banning these toxic pesticides is a step in the right direction to encourage farmers to embrace already-existing environmentally friendly alternatives, such as integrated pest management.
A 2016 report by the World Health Organisation states that pesticide residue in food has adverse health risks to human health. Some of the risks include cancer, effects on reproduction, immune or nervous systems. A shift to ecological farming should be encouraged at all levels of farming.
Greenpeace Africa Demands Truthfulness in the Pesticides Conversation
Greenpeace, 18 August 2021
In response to a media report that farmers have petitioned the Kenyan parliament to review an EU policy that prompted a ban of the use of some pesticides before Kenya adopts it,… Read more »
New Study Shows Toxic Pesticides in Sukuma, Tomatoes and Maize in Kenya
Capital FM, 13 June 2021
A recent study has shown that maize, sukuma wiki, and tomatoes grown in Kenya have been grown using Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs). Read more »
Consumers Win As Regulator Starts Risk Analysis of Pesticides Sold in Kenya
Nation, 28 July 2021
There is fresh hope for farmers and consumers affected by foods contaminated by pesticides used on fruits and vegetables. Read more »
PCPB Constitutes Task Force to Review Toxic Pesticides
Capital FM, 29 May 2021
Pest Control Products Board (PCPB) has constituted a task force to review toxic pesticides as a response to a directive issued by the National Assembly Health Committee following a… Read more »
Kenyan Farmers Pollinate Crops By Hand After Pesticides Kill Off Insects
RFI, 22 March 2021
Farmers in eastern Kenya who have had low crop yields due to overuse of toxic pesticides are lending a helping hand to the birds and bees who regularly pollinate, by using human… Read more »
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