Switzerland heads to the polls on Sunday in a batch of referendums which could see the country become only the second in the world to ban artificial pesticides.
Laws to combat terrorism, cut CO2 emissions and provide emergency COVID-19 funding also face binding votes under the Swiss system of direct democracy.
One initiative aims to prohibit the use of artificial pesticides within 10 years. Globally only Bhutan bans the chemicals. read more
Supporters say products made by agrochemical giants such as Switzerland’s Syngenta and Germany’s Bayer (BAYGn.DE) and BASF (BASFn.DE) endanger health and the environment.
“It’s vital that we stop the use of pesticides which are causing serious health problems for people today and storing up problems for the future,” said Antoinette Gilson, a co-author of the Pesticides Initiative.