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A new report from the Pesticide Action Network (PAN) indicates the pesticide industry has all but taken over regulatory agencies on a global scale. Specifically, the report is focused on the European Food Safety Agency (EFSA)—a panel within the World Health Organization– and its failure to implement an order by the European Commission to investigate the cumulative risk assessment (CRA) of pesticide mixtures.
If you were to choose a panel to soundly investigate the safety of a product, it wouldn’t make sense to choose people who were financial or otherwise invested in that product, would it? But that’s exactly what has happened to the pesticide panel at the World Health Organization and around the world as regulatory agencies are being infiltrated by industry connections—furthering the agendas of these giant corporations to the demise of consumer safety.
A bit of background: Generally, pesticides are tested independently of one another, and pesticide companies have resisted efforts to analyze their reactions together—simulating what occurs in human bodies. You don’t only take in a single pesticide, but a pesticide cocktail each day from the various fruits and vegetables you eat. It’s the long term and cumulative effects of pesticides that experts believe are the most harmful, effects that have not been studied on a large scale basis because of lack of funding and resistance from the industry.