Syngenta, who has their headquarters in Basel, Switzerland, is the world’s largest producer of pesticides and the third largest seed corporation in the world. Syngenta currently holds 53% of the total turnover in the emerging markets (threshold countries).
Syngenta was formed on 13.11.2000 by the merger of Novartis Agribusiness and Zeneca Agrochemicals. Since then Syngenta has taken over numerous smaller corporations. They currently employ over 28 000 people in 90 countries.
Syngenta’s pesticides have been linked to numerous health issues and severe environmental damages. The company promotes a highly industrialised agriculture based on genetically modified organisms, monopolisation of of seeds, and the patents on plants.
«A leading MST activist known as Keno was murdered by private security company protecting an experimental GMO site owned by Syngenta Seed. In November 2015 the judge of the 1st Civil Court of Cascavel, had found Syngenta guilty and that ‘to refer to what happened as a confrontation is to close one’s eyes to reality, since […] there is no doubt that, in truth, it was a massacre disguised as repossession of property’ (Terra de Direitos 2015).»
The way Syngenta has been treating most of its workers at its pesticide plant in Karachi, Pakistan, is particularly outrageous. There, labour conditions are scandalous; many workers have been denied their fundamental rights.
Syngenta sprays tons of restricted use pesticides on the tiny island of Kaua`i – next to schools, hospitals, and homes. Many of these pesticides are banned in Switzerland, Syngenta’s HQ.