Toxic Trade of Pesticides in Iraq

A Growing Market and a Shrinking State

Different wars have long subjected Iraq to toxins. Today the international trade of highly hazardous pesticides, in the name of increasing agricultural profitability, continues this violent legacy. Many studies have pointed out the global toxic effects of pesticides on humans, agriculture, food, and the environment. This study aims to understand the pesticide trade in Iraq, specifically. It gives an overview of the trade and the pesticide market in Iraq. It names the companies and the way they work in the Iraqi market. It looks at the specific kinds of pesticides that are introduced into the Iraqi market. The study also provides an insight into the role of the state within this trade, the outcomes of this illegal trade, and its toxic effects on farmers and peasants.

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