Agchem sprayers convicted in Argentina
The first criminal trial in Argentina of persons accused of illegally spraying pesticides on crops has returned a guilty verdict, Argentine media report. A Cordoba criminal court has sentenced a farmer and crop sprayer pilot to a three-year conditional prison term, and community work. It was the first trial in all of South America “to judge on applications of chemical substances on crops and their effects on a local populace”, newspaper Neuquen reports. A group called the “mothers of Ituzaingo community”, which sought criminal charges against crop sprayers ten years ago, brought the case against three people, the newspaper adds. It claimed several cases of harm to adults and children from spraying, and carried out a study of possible cases of allergies suffered by locals, birth defects and cancer cases. The third accused was cleared “due to insufficient evidence”.