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Brazil state debates easing of agchem law

The head of the Brazilian state Rio Grande do Sul environmental agency, the Fepam, defended the state government’s control of pesticides at a packed Parliament this month, national newspaper Correio do Povo reports. Carlos Niedersberg gave testimony at the parliamentary commission on agriculture’s hearing to discuss the state’s pesticide control law 7747/82. He proposed that the federal Ministry of the Environment’s national environmental counsel, the Conama, set Rio Grande do Sul’s regulations as a national example. It only permits the sale and distribution of pesticides that are approved in their country of origin. Brazil imports the bulk of its pesticide products and active ingredients. “Of the 50 most commonly used pesticide active ingredients, 24 are banned in Canada, the EU and the US,” he claimed.

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