Common agricultural insecticide being banned, alternatives emerging.
A widely used, highly-regulated insecticide – Aluminum Phosphide – has a long history of accidental deaths. Aluminum phosphide is a stable substance, but when exposed to moisture it breaks down and releases a toxic gas called phosphine, which allows it to be used as a strong fumigant. However, due to it’s use in many countries as a household pesticide and rodenticide, it has resulted in countless accidental deaths and as a result is being banned in some countries and heavily restricted in others.
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