The UN Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) says many banned or severely restricted pesticides in industrialised countries are still marketed and used in the developing world. "Some 70,000 different chemicals are available on the market, and 1,500 new ones are introduced every year. This poses a major challenge to many governments, who must attempt to monitor and manage these potentially dangerous substances," explained the Rome-based agency at a meeting of officials from over 100 governments (8-12 October 2001) to discuss the implementation of the