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Brazil’s pesticide spree continues and 2019 set to break records

Brazil's pesticide spree continues and 2019 set to break records

Last week, Brazil’s sanitary surveillance agency Anvisa re-evaluated its permissions for the use of 2,4-Dichlorophenoxyacetic acid, an active ingredient in weedkillers and the second-most sold pesticide in Brazil. Commonly known as 2,4-D, the substance is notorious for being a component of Agent Orange, the chemical weapon used by the U.S. military in the Vietnam War to provoke serious illness and disability in an estimated one million people. But 2,4-D is just one active ingredient in a universe of 2,263 pesticides currently licensed in Brazil.

While the country has always been

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