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A Toxics-Free Future

agroecology

This report presents findings of a study conducted by Centre for Environment Justice and Development (CEJAD) between December 2018 and January 2019 with support from IPEN. The purpose of the project study was to develop a country situation report on pesticides management, and promote the phase out of Highly Hazardous Pesticides (HHPs) and the use of alternative, non-chemical approaches such as agro-ecology in agricultural practices in Kenya.

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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.

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