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Record number 364366
Title Pesticides and health in highland Ecuadorian potato production: assessing impacts and developing responses
Author(s) Cole, D.; Sherwood, S.G.; Crissman, C.; Barrera, V.H.; Espinosa, E.
Source International Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health 8 (2002)3. - ISSN 1077-3525 - p. 182 - 190.
DOI https://doi.org/10.1179/oeh.2002.8.3.182
Department(s) Communication Science
CERES
Publication type Refereed Article in a scientific journal
Publication year 2002
Keyword(s) farm
Abstract Pesticide use in highland Ecuador is concentrated in the high-risk, commercial production of potatoes. Small farm families experience considerable exposure and adverse health consequences. The authors describe a three-pronged strategy to reduce health impacts: 1) a community-based process of education and provision of personal protective equipment to reduce exposure; 2) farmer field schools to increase agro-ecosystem understanding and to reduce pesticide use; and 3) policy interventions to restructure incentives and to reduce availability of highly toxic insecticides. They discuss the challenges faced by each and the ongoing need for integrated interventions both to reduce adverse pesticide health impacts in the developing world and to promote sustainability of agricultural production in highland ecosystems.
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