Thailand Postpones Ban on Paraquat and Chlorpyrifos, Reverses Ban on Glyphosate Following Protests

Thailand on 27 November postponed a controversial plan to ban two toxic farming chemicals, paraquat and chlorpyrifos, while reversing a planned ban on a third chemical glyphosate and permitting its restricted use, according to an article in Singapore-based The Straits Times.

This comes after protests and warnings both at home and abroad of the plan’s disastrous effects on the livelihood of farmers and exports to Thailand.

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Proposed by the Agriculture Ministry over health concerns, the ban on the three chemicals – often found in pesticides and insecticides – was originally to take effect from Dec 1. Read the full article here.