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Special Report: Why Brazil has a big appetite for banned pesticides

 Reuters 07 April 2019

The farmers of Brazil have become the world’s top exporters of sugar, orange juice, coffee, beef, poultry and soybeans. They’ve also earned a more dubious distinction: In 2012, Brazil passed the United States as the largest buyer of pesticides and has become an enticing market for pesticides banned or phased out in richer nations because of health or environmental risks. While regulators struggle to keep up with evaluating the health risks of thousands of pesticides flooding the Brazilian market, public-health specialists say rates of human intoxication by pesticides is rising. Reuters unearths the unsavoury facts, statistics and consequences of Brazil’s big appetite for banned pesticides. (2529 Words) - By Paulo Prada

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A worker fumigates with insecticide at a small farm in Limoeiro do Norte, in Ceara state, January 16, 2019. Photo: REUTERS/Davi Pinheiro

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