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  • Brazil Plans to Ban or Restrict 12 Pesticides

    Thursday, April 2nd, 2009

    Brazilian health officials are concerned.  In 2008 Brazil became the largest consumer of pesticides in the world, surpassing the US with a market of more than US$7 billion.  Yet many of the pesticides now manufactured in, or imported into, Brazil and widely used there have been banned or severely restricted for health and environmental reasons […]

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    Turning Manioc Production Wastewater into New Products

    Thursday, October 2nd, 2008

    The young Brazilian men pictured at right, Leandro Aguiar and Alexsandro Pereira, remind me strongly of a trio of Córdoba, Argentine students I wrote about early on this blog for a reason: they looked at a local waste problem and figured out a way not only to reduce or eliminate the waste, but turn it […]

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    Paraná Seeks to Cut Pesticide Use

    Monday, August 4th, 2008

    Synopsis in English: Starting with the next major planting this month, Paraná plans to substantially increase its Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Program with the goal of reducing pesticide use in plantings by its farmers 30% over the next four to five years. The new Program push is motivated in large part about foreign market […]

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    LAC Use of Biotech Crops Grew in 2006

    Saturday, January 20th, 2007

    The International Service for the Acquisition of Agri-biotech Applications (ISAAA) just released its annual “brief” on growth of genetically engineered crops (“biotech crops”) worldwide, covering 2006. While the full report must be purchased, the executive summary is quite detailed and is available for download in several languages, including English, Spanish and Portuguese.
    Among other things, […]

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