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Brazil report warns of rising agchem use on health

Volume sales of pesticides in Brazil had more than doubled in the 12 years to 2012, according to a study by the Brazilian association of collective health, the Abrasco. Volume sales rose by 162.3% to some 823,226 tonnes. That would total some 5.5 kg per Brazilian a year, national organic crop grower association ABA says. The data were released in its report, "Dossier Abrasco – a warning on the impacts from pesticides on health", which was launched at a national university. It links the growth to that of pesticide poisonings among other health impacts, official news agency Agencia Brasil reports. The study reportedly reads that 22 of the 50 most used pesticides in Brazil “are banned in other countries”. The report is a re-publication of a 2012 version with a new chapter claiming the viability of organic crop production through studies of experiences across the country. The report’s authors also take aim at the use of biotechnology. They claim that predictions that the adoption of genetically modified crops would lead to pesticide use reductions have been disproven. Rather, “more and stronger” pesticides are being applied. 

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