Overdependence on methyl bromide


Methyl bromide is classed as an ozone-depleting substance because it damages the stratospheric layer that protects people, plants and animals from solar radiation, which can produce skin cancer and eye cataracts. The gas is believed to be responsible for ten percent of damage to the ozone layer and is also a greenhouse gas. Methyl bromide is a halon gas used as fumigant, sterilizing soil and killing pests on fruit and vegetables in storage. Exporters of agricultural produce, especially in the Third World, depend heavily on methyl bromide for cheap pest control.

Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST