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We, peasants, family farmers, indigenous peoples and traditional communities, scholars and professionals from various fields of knowledge, together with social movements and organizations, trade unions and urban collectives from Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador, Peru, Uruguay, Mexico, Paraguay, Colombia, Bolivia and Switzerland, gathering at the 1st International Seminar and 3rd National Seminar on Pesticides, Socio-Environmental Impacts and Human Rights, held from 10 to 13 December in the city of Goiás, Brazil, express the following considerations about the current dominant agro-food system in Latin America and the world:

The impacts of the agro-industial model and the socio-environmental realities of our countries show common threats that require urgent response. Therefore, we consider it necessary to create and strengthen ties of resistance and solidarity for articulated action.

IPEN has prepared comments on green chemistry and sustainable chemistry in response to Resolution 2/7 of the UN Environment Assembly. IPEN believes that sustainable chemistry will only be useful if it is clearly defined in a way that includes reducing and eliminating the hazards of chemicals over their lifecycle as a priority.

A paper entitled "Integrated pest management in cotton-growing areas in the Southern Rift Valley region of Ethiopia: development and application of a supplementary food spray product to manage pests and beneficial insects," authored by Tadesse Amera (from IPEN Participating Organization Pesticide Action Nexus Ethiopia), has been published in the International Journal of Pest Management. The activities in the paper could be replicated by those who are interested in the subject.

Buenos Aires, 31 de mayo 2016. El cruce de reflexiones e información en torno a modelos de producción y consumo y las alternativas de la agroecología y basura cero en un contexto de lucha contra el cambio climático y la justicia ambiental, se dio lugar en un Seminario realizado este fin de semana en Buenos Aires.

IPENer Javier Souza Casadinho, Red de Acción en plaguicidas y sus Alternativas para América Latina (RAPAL), will participate in a debate organized by the Argentine Institute for Social Research, Economic and Public Policy on the subject of undermining natural resources and the environment. He will speak on "Los agrotóxicos y sus alternativas," and join other panelists from Greenpeace Argentina, the Assembly of Famatina, and the President of the General Audit Office. For more information, see: 

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