Broadly used across the world against the harmful insects, pesticides control pests for food security, yet, contrary to the claims, they are toxic substances that leave permanent marks on human and environmental health, according to an environmentalist.

Speaking to Anadolu Agency on the occasion of the project called No Pesticide On My Plate, Turgay Ozcelik, campaign and communication officer of the project at Istanbul-based Bugday Association, said those substances pose a serious threat to the public health.

Launched in 2019, No Pesticide On My Plate (Zehirsiz Sofralar) is an EU-funded project run by Bugday Association and Pesticides Action Network

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