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Pesticide poisoned French paradise islands in Caribbean

Bananas are a big export industry for Martinique and nearly all are shipped to France By Laurence Peter BBC News 25 October 2019 (https://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-50144261) The French Caribbean islands of Guadeloupe and Martinique thrive on their image as idyllic sun, sea and sand destinations for tourists. But few visitors are aware that these lush, tropical islands have a chronic pollution proble A pesticide linked to cancer – chlordecone – was sprayed on banana crops on the islands for two decades and now nearly all the adult local residents have traces of it in their blood. French President Emmanuel Macron has called it an “environmental scandal” and said the state “must take responsibility”. He visited Martinique last year and was briefed on th...