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Brazil’s toxic pesticides ‘affecting people all over the world’ through agricultural exports

RT | July 30, 2019

“EU-banned pesticide[s are] being manufactured in the EU, and then coming back to citizens in the EU, in the food we eat,” environmental journalist and founding member of the Green Economic Institute think tank Oliver Tickell told RT, explaining that as one of the largest soy exporters in the world, Brazil supplies a significant quantity of the feed that cattle and other livestock worldwide consume. European consumers tucking into a juicy steak have no idea that the creature they’re eating might have been nourished on soy sprayed with highly toxic pesticides.

“This is not just a problem for Brazil and Brazilian people and people exposed in the countryside to these pesticides and consumers and farmers,” Tickell warned. “It is actually affecting people all over the world through Brazil’s agricultural exports.”

ANVISA, the Brazilian public health regulatory agency, relaxed pesticide regulations last week so that only those chemicals with lethal potential can be classified as “extremely toxic,” triggering a massive backlash from environmental groups, human rights organizations, and food safety advocates. The fervently pro-business government of President Jair Bolsonaro has already approved 262 pesticides this year, 82 of which are classed as “extremely toxic,” as he follows through on campaign promises to demolish environmental regulations and open up protected rainforest lands to mining and agriculture.

Dozens of pesticides banned or strictly regulated in the EU, including paraquat and chlorpyrifos, were already permitted for use in Brazil before Bolsonaro took power, and the country uses approximately 400,000 tons of pesticides per year, according to Human Rights Watch. While Agriculture Minister Tereza Cristina has flatly denied Brazil uses any more pesticides than any other country, attributing such allegations to “data manipulation” and accusing critics of “terrorism,” EcoWatch claims the country consumes more pesticides per capita than any other nation.

July 30, 2019 - Posted by | Environmentalism | , ,

2 Comments »

  1. Hippocrates the ancient doctor said ” let food be your medicine and your medicine be your food ” through a lifetime of observation but this only applies to organic food now which I bet the elites like Bolsonaro will be using .
    I loved the SA corned beef in the old days which came mainly from forest grazing and could be described as organic but now I wont touch it.

    Food is the most important thing you can do for your health – nothing else comes close , even exercise , and 2 weeks on organic will see your pesticide levels drop to almost zero – you will feel and look 30 years younger .

    Soy , corn and rapeseed oils I avoid like the plague – they will clog your
    arteries as they try to protect their walls with cholesterol – much safer
    with grass fed beef sheep or pig fat and organic olive oil .
    Ancel Keys faked his research to favor the toxic vegetable oil
    oligarchs (mainly American in these days)
    To put soy spread or any vegetable margarine on your bread instead of grass fed butter is slow suicide .

    Comment by charles allan | July 31, 2019 | Reply

  2. What happened to the Zika virus? Once they found out that mostly field hands were having small-headed babies, the news media totally lost interest. Zika, zika where did you go!

    Comment by GGH | August 1, 2019 | Reply


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