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Reorganized Syngenta Group Wants to Cut Back on Pesticides

June 30, 2020, 6:00 AM

Pushed by consumers and governments opposed to pesticides, and pulled by farmers needing drought- and flood-resistant crops, Syngenta Group wants to retreat from conventional chemicals into products less toxic to humans and more resilient to climate change.

“We’ll continue to drive down the use of pesticides,” said Chief Executive Officer Erik Fyrwald. “Consumers want that. Governments want that. We want it.”

Conventional pesticide makers including Syngenta and Bayer AG have been under pressure in recent years over their products’ impact on the environment and biodiversity, as more and more consumers grow more environmentally conscious and distrustful of pesticides used to...

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