Pesticides and health in highland Ecuadorian potato production: assessing impacts and developing responses

D. Cole, S.G. Sherwood, C. Crissman, V.H. Barrera, E. Espinosa

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    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.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)182-190
    JournalInternational Journal of Occupational and Environmental Health
    Volume8
    Issue number3
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2002

    Keywords

    • farm

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