Thailand decides against pesticides ban after pressure from U.S.

Millions of farmers in the U.S. and elsewhere use Roundup, a chemical developed by American firm Monsanto and now produced by a number of companies. Foto: Mike Blake

Thailand backed down on a plan to prohibit three pesticides from Dec. 1 after coming under pressure from farmers, the U.S. government and lobbyists for chemicals companies.

The ban on paraquat and chlorpyrifos will be delayed until June 1 next year, Industry Minister Suriya Juangroongruangkit said in a briefing. Glyphosate - commonly sold as weedkiller Roundup - won't be banned but its use will be restricted, he said Wednesday in Bangkok...

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