"U.N. Suggests Pesticides, Chemicals For Watch List"

"The United Nations has suggested three pesticides and three industrial chemicals be put on a trade "watch list" because they can threaten human health and the environment, the U.N.'s Food and Agriculture Organization said on Friday.

U.N. chemical experts have proposed that pesticides endosulfan and azinphos methyl and the hazardous pesticide formulation Gramoxone Super be added to the Rotterdam Convention's Prior Informed Consent procedure, the FAO said.

The UN-backed Convention prevents unwanted trade in chemicals included in the legally binding procedure. It does not introduce bans, but helps its members make informed decisions on trade in hazardous chemicals."

Svetlana Kovalyova reports for Reuters April 4, 2011.

Monday, April 4, 2011