Ban on toxic mercury looms in sugar cane farming, but Australia still has a way to go

Larissa Schneider, Cameron Holley, Darren Sinclair, Simon G. Haberle

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Abstract

This month, federal authorities finally announced an upcoming ban on mercury-containing pesticide in Australia. We are one of the last countries in the world to do so, despite overwhelming evidence over more than 60 years that mercury use as fungicide in agriculture is dangerous.

Mercury is a toxic element that damages human health and the environment, even in low concentrations. In humans, mercury exposure is associated with problems such as kidney damage, neurological impairment and delayed cognitive development in children.
Original languageEnglish
Pages1-6
Number of pages6
Volume2020
No.July
Specialist publicationThe Conversation
PublisherThe Conversation
Publication statusPublished - 22 Jul 2020

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