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Brazil study reveals agchem residues on minor crops

Chillies have the highest incidence of pesticide residues in Brazil’s Amazon region, according to study findings from the public health researchers Osvaldo Cruz Foundation, the FioCruz. Some 84% of samples were found to contain residues, followed by English potatoes at 51.9%, carrots at 48.9% and cucumbers at 32.7%, newswire O Critica reports. Several bodies have highlighted last month’s findings to promote more non-pesticide-based agricultural production in the Amazon region. They include the western Amazon Embrapa, which is linked to the Ministry of Agriculture. Partnerships with other bodies have been agreed to educate growers on alternatives to pesticide use through special schools in the countryside.

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