News about pesticide suicides

Pesticides and suicide prevention – why research needs to be put into practice

Research shows that the most effective means of reducing suicide deaths by pesticide poisoning is for a country to ban the sale of these highly toxic substances. Yet that research is slow in being translated into practice. So why is this happening?

Why Toxic Pesticides That Kill Farmers Are Still In Use In Maharashtra

Apart from the three deaths this year, accidental exposure to pesticides during spraying has landed 135 farmers from Yavatmal in hospitals since July 2018, according to district health office records.

One worker dies every 30 seconds from toxic exposure in the workplace

Workers are dying as a result of toxic exposure in the workplace at a rate of one every 30 seconds, according to the new report from the UN Special Rapporteur on Human Rights and Hazardous Substances and Wastes, presented on 12 September at the 39th session of the Human Rights Council, in Geneva.

Nearly 40% of female suicides occur in India

Nearly two in every five women in the world who kill themselves are Indian, according to a Lancet study published this week that says the country’s suicides rates constitute a public health crisis.