Once known for its grass-fed beef, it is now dominated by soy, corn and cotton and
But the pesticides powering this boom are poorly controlled and used in ways that were never anticipated.
Doctors and scientists worry the chemicals may be the cause of rising cancer rates, birth defects and other health problems.
But an AP investigation found that Argentine farmers used more than twice as much pesticide per hectare as US farmers, making
Pesticides are applied in windy conditions, drifting into homes and schools and contaminating drinking water. Farm workers mix chemicals without supervision, in populated areas and with no protective gear. People store water in used pesticide containers that are resold rather than destroyed.
Doctors want strong enforcement of spraying limits as well as field research into the correlation they see between the overuse of agrochemicals and health problems - some of them seldom seen before the new farming model took off. - Sapa-AP
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