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Fake Pesticides Big Business

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The illegal trade in counterfeit pesticides, often by organized gangs, has grown into a multimillion-euro industry in Europe, according to an Aug. 25 story in the Wall Street Journal. According to data from the European Crop Association, which represents the herbicide industry, estimates peg sales of illegal pesticides in Europe at anything from 400 million to 1.2 billion euros (C$567 million to $1.7 billion), or between five and 15 per cent of the total EU pesticides market. The WSJ story says that in some parts of Eastern Europe, illegal pesticides could make up as much as 50 per cent of the total market.

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