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Perspective on the so-called Precautionary Principle in Relation to Crop Protection Products

CropLife Latin America's perspective on the disadvantages of the Precautionary Principle as opposed to Risk Assessment. While the Precautionary Principle promotes decisions based exclusively on the danger of an activity or a technology, Risk Assessment promotes decisions based on scientific analysis, opens the possibility of managing risk and facilitates the entry of new technologies.

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Science Guides Us During the Crisis for the New Coronavirus

At the same time that today's technologies have given us access to information that has helped the whole world take notice, relatively soon, about the high risk of the COVID-19 disease, we can find in science the solutions and responses to situations like this that seem to overwhelm our capacity and resilience as the dominant species of the planet.

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COVID-19, Vaccines and Treatments through Biotechnology and Science

Amid the global pandemic, we are witnessing the effort, work, and progress of scientists who are tirelessly seeking treatments to curb the impact and spread of Covid-19. Biotechnology, synthetic biology, access to free and open digital information, and believing in science are the key to face the Covid-19.

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Best Practice Guidance to Identify Illegal Trade of Pesticides

Publication of Best Practice Guidance to Identify Illegal Trade of Pesticides, by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

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In agricultural giant Brazil, a growing hazard: The illegal trade in pesticides

Over the past two decades, the trafficking of a product as seemingly banal as pesticides has quietly grown into one of the world’s most lucrative and least understood criminal enterprises. Adulterated in labs and garages, hustled like narcotics, co-opted by gangs and mafias, counterfeit and contraband pesticides are flooding developed and developing countries alike, with environmental and social consequences that are “far from trivial,” the U.N. Environment Program reported last year.

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Without healthy soils, food safety is at risk

The soil is a non-renewable resource; it provides 95% of food. We need to increase agricultural production by at least 50% by 2050 when we will be 9,100 million people. How can we achieve it if we do not protect the soil? Asks José Perdomo, President of CropLife Latin America, who calls farmers to take care of their soil and change cultural practices such as excess tillage, overuse of inputs and burning. International Soil Day 2019.

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Editing Plant Genomes

Genome editing in plants is achieved thanks to precision biotechnology and it aims to be a milestone in modern agriculture. 

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Consumers must overcome the fear of science and technology applied in agriculture

A call to consumers to trust the controls, studies, legislation, science and the agricultural practices that make it possible to bring sufficient and quality food to the tables, was a repeated mention of the speakers at the International Forum - Innovation for the Sustainability of Agriculture, held in Brasilia on June 27

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Definition and consequences of illegal trade in pesticides

A global problem arises, which is the illegal trade in pesticides, in which products are presented in the market, which contravene the countries' legislations and guidelines proposed by global organizations that ensure environmental health and safety. All the socioeconomic activity arising from transactions of purchase and sale of goods and products that come from plagiarism, smuggling, or even stolen goods, are considered illegal.

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Integrated Pest Management: Focus on production responsibility

Integrated management is a pest control approach that seeks to harmonize efficiency in protection and socio-environmental responsibility measures and in productivity. There are many ways to define it, but all focus on the use of control tools that seek to minimize the losses of a crop through the producers' scientific knowledge, technological support and common sense.

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I do read the labels and safety sheets of the pesticides or phytosanitary

Labels and safety sheets of plant protection products inform us about the responsible usage of the product, the care and precautions that we must have when handling, applying, storing or transporting them.

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Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) for the application of agrochemicals

To achieve a successful production, a series of factors must be met, ranging from soil preparation, seed quality, agrochemical application, crop management and harvesting.

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Beekeepers and farmers ─ communication is key to protect bees

Encouraging dialogue and collaboration between farmers and beekeepers should be a constant task to achieve the protection of bees, the coexistence and mutual benefit of the two activities.

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Bees help coffee in the face of climate change

Recently, a study was published that analyzes how coffee would be affected in the region with the highest grain production in the world: Latin America. The good news is that the diversity of species of bees will help compensate the lack of adaptability of the plant to climate change thanks to pollination.

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CropLife Latin America virtual course platform

Our virtual friendly navigation platform, five free virtual courses are offered in Spanish, three of them in Portuguese, aimed at improving the understanding of the responsible and ethical use of phytosanitary products to maximize their benefits, reduce risks and promote agriculture sustainable development.

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Latest ecological fake news scare: Like the ‘honeybee armageddon’ narrative, pesticide-driven ‘insect-pocalypse’ claim is collapsing

Recently, news and advocacy groups sites have been afire with dire warnings that man’s days on earth are (once again) numbered, this time due to the accelerating extinction of all of the world’s insects. There’s no doubt this ‘crisis study’ has served the authors’ apparent purpose in generating media alarm and arming environmental advocacy groups with a new apocalypse to sharpen their attacks on intensive farming and, especially, pesticides. Before legislators and intimidated regulators spring into action, they should reflect on the faux bee-pocalypse crisis.

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Access to technologies and adoption of Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) are the keys to agriculture in Latin America

Interview with Valdemar Fischer, Chairman of the Board and José Perdomo, Executive President of CropLife Latin America

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Food Heroes - Chile

Two food heroes from Chile share what they do and what inspires them to be part of the agriculture chain.

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Crop Protection Contributions toward Agricultural Productivity

The Council for Agricultural Science and Technology published an essay about the benefits of crop protection technologies and its impact on agricultural productivity.

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