” The farmers of Brazil have become the world’s top exporters of sugar, orange juice, coffee, beef, poultry and soybeans. They’ve also earned a more dubious distinction: In 2012, Brazil passed the United States as the largest buyer of pesticides.
In this farming superpower, agricultural chemicals – including paraquat – face lax regulation. And in the rural northeast, rampant use has led to sickness and violence. ”
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by Paulo Prada on Reuters. April 2, 2015.