Brazil calls for green agchem action
The Brazilian national health surveillance agency, the Anivsa, has called on environmentalists and others concerned with the use of pesticides in Brazil to go beyond denouncing their use in agriculture. Agency regulators participated in a parallel event to the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, Rio+20, taking place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this month. The “People’s Summit”, was organised by the Ministry of Health’s toxicology laboratory network, the FioCruz, and centred on health and environmental impacts from pesticide use. Anvisa regulatory specialist Heloisa Rey Farsa warned that it was “necessary to understand agrochemical industry operations” in order to combat abusive strategies, the agency reports. “Only [that way] will our work be effective.” Another Anvisa representative highlighted the importance of dialogue “between civil society and the state”, while presenting agency work on securing safe food. .