Title of document: Report of the Special Rapporteur on the right to food

Authors: Special Rapporteur on the right to food

Ministry/Government Agency/Organisation: United Nations General Assembly

Year of publication: 24 January 2017

Geographic focus: Worldwide

Summary: The report was written in collaboration with the Special Rapporteur on the implications for human rights of the environmentally sound management and disposal of hazardous substances and wastes. In the report, a clearer account is provided of global pesticide use in agriculture and its impact on human rights; the negative consequences that pesticide practices have had on human health, the environment and society, which are underreported and monitored in the shadow of a prevailing and narrow focus on “food security”, are described; and the environmental and human rights regimes are examined to determine whether the constituent rules are sufficient to protect farm workers, consumers and vulnerable groups, as well as the natural resources that are necessary to support sustainable food systems.