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Brazil to favour biopesticide approvals

Brazilian authorities are to prioritise the registration of biopesticides as they are “less toxic” than chemical products. Evaluation procedures for product approvals should be concluded within a year, the Ministry of Agriculture says. Brazil approved the sale of four biopesticides in the first semester of 2010, and the Ministry anticipates registering another three by the year end. It notes that there are 15 registered products, while 56% of the 700 pesticides on the market are labelled as “moderately or slightly” toxic. The Ministry’s pesticide office co-ordinator general, Luís Rangel, says biological products should be considered before chemical applications, which should “in general be supervised by an agronomist, and only be made when the level of harm [to the plant] justifies application”.

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