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Shell environmental rhetoric, vs toxic reality

Introductory flowery rhetoric in a 1958 Shell advert: Shell Guide to LIFE IN THE CORN

“In the growing and ripening stages corn and hay are a sanctuary for wild life which man does not invade.”

The advert concludes with the slogan: “You can be sure of SHELL The Key to the countryside.”

Presumably this was meant as an assurance that it was safe to trust Shell with the environment.  Ironically the use of weedkillers was mentioned in the advert.

In reality, Shell is itself responsible for a variety of toxic pesticides, herbicides, fungicides and insecticides deadly to the environment, insects, AND humans e.g.

Aldrin; Aldrin Soil Pest Killer; Ant Doom; Bidrin; Coppicide; DDT; DDT Dust; Derris Dust; Dieldrin; Dieldrin Garden Pest Killer; Endrin; Heptachlor; Koto; Netelex; Phosdrin; Pillakiller; Proponex; Shell Liquid Derris; Shell Tomato-Set; Shell Weedkill for Lawns; Shelltox; Slug Doom; Slug Kill; Sulficide; Telodrin; Universal DNC Fruit Tree Wash; Vapona

Amazingly, Shell employees at a drins’ production plant were used as guinea pigs in a related study of carcinogenic properties carried out by the Royal Dutch Group.

SEE: Roll call of Shell toxic brands deadly to insects, crop pests AND HUMANS

Click on this link to view examples of Shell’s dreadful environmental track record, including examples of whitewash, greenwash, and hogwash. Apologies for the length of the list. Believe it or not, there are many more examples. and its sister non-profit websites,,,,,, and are owned by John Donovan. There is also a Wikipedia feature.

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