Eight of ten Brazilian farms use agchems
Pesticides are used on almost eight out of ten farms in Brazil and are most commonly used on those farms run by their owners, according to official figures. The Brazilian institute of geography and statistics, the IBGE, issued the findings from its 2006 agricultural census. They showed that 78.4% of farms used agrochemicals. Only 1.8% of farms employed organic farming practices, but almost one in ten (9.9%) of horticultural producers did.