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Brazil’s Voracious Pesticide Use, Lax Regulation, Pose Significant Health Risk, Say Critics – August 28, 2018

Threat extends beyond Brazilian farmworkers to consumers around the world

TOCANTINS, Brazil — In April, Franciana Rodrigues de Araus, who was then five months pregnant, left home on her brother’s motorbike. As she sped away from her community, bordered by two large soy farms, a plane flew directly overhead and rained pesticides down over her exposed body. Immediately, her legs started aching; she felt sick and dizzy. As her condition worsened, Franciana was driven to a local hospital where blood tests revealed pesticide poisoning.

 photo of sugarcane in brazilPhoto by Icaro Cooke Vieira/CIFOR Brazil is second only to the United States in pesticide use. Many farmworkers and rural residents are hesitant to… more

by: Anna Sophie Gross

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