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Unfortunately, for human and planet health, glyphosate is the most widely used herbicide in the world! It is the "pesticide star" even though it causes a lot of damage, toxicity and death.
Fortunately, some governments are waking up and taking steps to ban the use of this poison.
Now it is the turn of Mexico that, through the Ministry of the Environment and Natural Resources (SEMANART), with Víctor M. Toledo in charge, has been implementing measures for the total ban of glyphosate by 2024.
Losses brought by glyphosate
There is ample scientific evidence of the toxicity of glyphosate, which causes serious and detrimental impacts on human health, other living things and the environment.
What led the government of Mexico to make that decision?
To make this decision, several experts and authorities of the Mexican government, such as Adelita San Vicente Tello, general director of the Primary Sector and Natural Resources of SEMANART, were informed about the harmful effects of this pesticide through the event organized by the Academic Observatory of the Society. , Environment and the National Autonomous University of Mexico UNAM.
This director explained that pesticides have been the cause of a struggle for several years by the Mexican government. Decisive steps are now being taken to transform the country's agri-food system to do so:
"Safer, healthier and more respectful with the environment".
To crystallize this objective, a path towards the gradual reduction of this herbicide is being improved, using alternative methods for this purpose.
Measures taken against glyphosate since 2019
One of the milestones in this trajectory for the end of the use of glyphosate occurred in November of last year, with the refusal of SEMANART to import a thousand tons of this herbicide, based on the principle of prevention of risks in environmental matters.
Another measure against the use of this herbicide was the creation of the Intersecretarial Group for Health, Food, Environment and Competitiveness (GISAMAC), with the aim of having a national vision of the main health and environmental problems, giving full support to the policy undertaken by SEMANART taking urgent decisions in defense of environmental problems, for the health and well-being of the Mexican population.
In addition to these actions, the Mexican government, in association with the National Council for Science and Technology, is seeking alternatives to the use of the herbicide glyphosate, using methods applied effectively for thousands of years by farmers and indigenous communities.
Concomitant with all these attitudes, campaigns are being prepared with infographics and videos that will be transcribed in various dialects in Mexico, sharing information about the harmful effects of this pesticide on the environment and health, in order to alert the population about the dangers involved in its use
Brazil is doing the opposite of Mexico
While Mexico and other countries are prioritizing the health of humans and nature, the Brazilian government is going against the grain, placing greater importance on large-scale productivity, to the detriment of the lives of people and nature. .
Brazil needs to wake up to the harmful reality of pesticide use. While you sleep, the poison is on the table.
By Deise Aur. Article in Portuguese