Brazil agchem industry repudiates alarmist reports
The Brazilian pesticide industry has repudiated the “alarmist tone” of reports of study findings on the effect on human births from pesticide use. The Brazilian agrochemical industry association, the Andef, has responded to two media reports, which focused on a study from the Fiocruz national health academy. That study showed a “supposed rise” in the number of female compared with male births. Environmental change due to pesticide use was among the possible reasons it gave for the phenomenon. The Andef complains that the reports had not clarified that the study had neither explicitly affirmed that pesticide use was the cause, nor that it was for government to ensure that banned products, such as DDT, were not used clandestinely. The Andef has called for “renowned specialists” to assess the study’s toxicology data.