Violated Rights in Rural Populations Exposed to Transgenic Soybean Crop

Advent: The introduction of GMOs (Genetically Modified Organisms) in Latin America poses a threat to human health, the environment, and human rights in vulnerable people.

Objective: To study the risk of pesticide exposure in a community devoted to subsistence farming and surrounded by GMO crops by examining the state’s compliance with basic human rights commitments.

In January 2016, a study of local farmers in San Juan, Canindey Department (Py), was undertaken to learn about their farming practises. The National Constitution and the Law of Phytosanitary Control were examined for compliance with state commitments.

Results: A total of 43 Settlers were questioned, with 100 percent (100%) of them dedicated to farming, with 53,5% (23/43) committed to subsistence farming and 46,5% (20/43) dedicated to income and subsistence farming. Their median educational attainment is 4,9 years. The populace is surrounded by monocultures that cover nearly all of the land, climate conditions are ignored, they are not informed, and they are not trained in agrochemical handling and expertise. A lack of sufficient spray equipment, washing of clothes, and child safety within their home during huge spraying were noted, as well as an inconsistent management of the correct preservation of receivers.

Conclusion: There is a risk of permanent pesticide exposure in the setting of a population’s human rights being repeatedly violated.

Author (s) Details

S. Benítez-Leite
Faculty of Medical Science, National University of Asunción, Paraguay.

R. Corvalan
SERPAJ-PY, Paraguay.

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