BRUSSELS - Residues of Chlorpyrifos, a dangerous pesticide, have been found in fruit baskets and samples of human urine across Europe. This large, cross-border investigation unveils its risks for the public.
Chlorpyrifos is a pesticide that kills insects on growing vegetables and fruit. The series of stories, funded by Journalismfund.eu, uncover its effect on humans, the spread of the poison in food, the legal battle in EU and the fact that it was becoming banned in more and more countries. At the same time, market analysts predict the market to expand in the next five years. Chlorpyrifos might be banned in the EU from the beginning of next year.
The cross-border investigation on chlorpyrifos was initiated by Investigative Reporting Denmark and Danwatch, and made in collaboration with journalists from Knack in Belgium, Le Monde in France, Dagbladet in Norway, Newsweek in Poland, Ostro in Slovenia, El Confidencial in Spain and The Midwest Center for Investigative Reporting in the United States.