A global trade with double standards
The two German agrochemical companies are responsible for serious health problems among agricultural workers in South Africa and indigenous groups in Brazil. The German agrochemical giants Bayer and BASF are among the four largest producers of active ingredients in the world. In a new international study, the Rosa-Luxemburg-Stiftung, INKOTA-netzwerk and MISEREOR, together with the Brazilian network Campanha Permanente Contra os Agrotóxicos e Pela Vida and the South African organization Khanyisa, document how both corporations market a large number of active ingredients in South Africa and Brazil under their own brands, as well as in products from domestic manufacturers that are not approved in the EU. Bayer has at least seven active ingredients that are not approved in South Africa and BASF at least four. In Brazil, the two agrochemical companies each market at least 12 active ingredients that are not approved in the EU. Seven of the active ingredients on the market in both countries have been explicitly banned in the EU due to environmental and health risks. This is a perfidious business with double standards that must clearly be rejected from a human rights perspective.