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15 de diciembre de 2014 | |

Poison on the table: unprecedented meeting between public institutions and people affected by agrotoxics in Uruguay

The title of the documentary by Silvio Tendler applies to Uruguay, where over one hundred people affected by agrotoxic sprayings, researchers and communities gathered giving voice for the first time to the “silent spring” brought by agribusiness.

The meeting was held in Guichón, Paysandú department, 400 kilometers from Montevideo. It was organized in the framework of the Human Rights Day by the Uruguayan Human Rights Institution to respond to the claims filed by the community.
Guichon is surrounded by the forestry-soy agribusiness, two of the main monoculture plantations in the country in terms of the use of highly dangerous agrotoxics.

The meeting served to help the institutions and the people affected find a common starting point. In addition to the situation of defenselessness denounced by the people affected, testimonies of the own advisers of the soy agribusiness were heard, who recognized the lack of regulation and monitoring.

The health system is also vulnerable when establishing a link between the growing presence of massive fumigations in rural and peri-urban areas, with the prevalence of certain diseases that are recurrent among the populations. However, something is starting to change in response to the conclusive evidence pointed out during the meeting.

Please find below a photo gallery of the meeting held on Wednesday, December 10.


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