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Chemicals on Crops Pesticides Causing Controversy

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July 16, 2013
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The use of pesticide and herbicide sprays is routine in Germany. From fighting weeds to fungus and insects, Bayer Crop Science has a suitable chemical agent. But nobody wants those chemicals in their food, and there are many critics who warn of risks. Kerstin Schweizer met proponents and critics.


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