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Brazil organic produce treated with agchems

Most organic produce in Brazil comes from pesticide-treated seeds, national business newspaper Valor Economico reports. It is common practice to treat even those seeds that are certified by the Ministry of Agriculture as organic. The exception is produce destined for the US and Europe, “markets where organic inputs are obligatory”. More than 90% of “organic” produce in Brazil come from conventional crops, according to “farmer association” sources in the sector. In practice this means that at some point in the development, produce receives a pesticide application. The paradox is partly explained by the scarcity of organic seed production, Valor notes. There is only one association, a member of the landless farmer movement, Movimento Sem-Terra, that produces organic crops but has insufficient capacity to satisfy demand.

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