Surveillance on pesticides: Quantification of use and prediction of impact on health, Work and the environment for Brazilian municipalities

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Ciencia e Saude Coletiva, ISSN: 1678-4561, Vol: 19, Issue: 12, Page: 4669-4678

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Wanderlei Pignati; Ageo Mário Cândido da Silva; Noemi Pereira Oliveira
FapUNIFESP (SciELO); ABRASCO - Associação Brasileira de Saúde Coletiva
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This paper analyzes the quantity, type and toxicity of pesticides used per hectare in the State of Mato Grosso as a surveillance strategy for the health of workers, the population in general and the environment, and to serve as a surveillance indicator for Brazilian cities. Brazil cultivated 95 million hectares in 2012, and Mato Grosso was the major consumer of pesticides. In this research, the database of the Agriculture and Livestock Defense Institute was consulted, as it records the prescribed agronomic data and place of use in sales invoices. The results reveal the average consumption of pesticides per hectare per crop: 12 liters for soy; 6 liters for corn; 4.8 liters for sugarcane; and 24 liters for cotton. The toxicological types and classes of pesticides used per hectare per crop were also monitored. Using a matrix of agricultural production and pesticide consumption, it was also found that certain health problems are correlated with the major producing regions. Based on pesticide consumption, agricultural production and pesticide toxicity it is possible to ascertain health problems in Brazilian cities and establish prevention and surveillance strategies for the workers, the environment and the populations exposed to pesticides.