Agrochemicals found in mothers’ milk in soy producing area of Brazil

Source: GM Watch

1. Study identifies agrochemicals in samples of mothers’ milk in Mato Grosso
2. The researcher who discovered the poison in mothers’ milk
3. Soy Monoculture Deeply Divides a City in Brazil
4. Rainforest Action Network Fact Sheet: Agribusiness in the Rainforest

NOTE: Here are three items about the consequences of an incident in 2006 in which people living in a soy monoculture region of Brazil were sprayed with agrochemicals. The story of the spraying incident is in items 3 and 4; item 1 gives an overview of research that is being conducted on the sprayed people and environment; item 2 is an interview with a researcher working on this project who found agrochemicals in the milk of breastfeeding mothers, sometimes at levels above the safety limits set for cows’ milk. There are no safety limits set for mothers’ milk.

Our thanks to Ralph Miller for the translations from Portuguese.

EXCERPT: Danielly Palma [the researcher who tested levels of agrochemicals in mothers’ milk] – We hope the municipal authorities and all the producing regions wake up from the development model they are adopting, as it is no use having a high Human Development Index, good education and health systems, if the quality of life, in terms of environmental exposure, is very bad.


1. Study identifies agrochemicals in samples of mothers’ milk in Mato Grosso
Source: Gazeta do Povo, 24/03/2011
http://www.gazetadopovo.com.br/vidaecidadania/conteudo.phtml?tl=1&id=1109030&tit=Pesquisa-identifica-agrotoxico-em-amostras-de-leite-materno-no-Mato-Grosso

A study revealed that 62 samples of mothers’ milk in the State of Mato Grosso were all contaminated with agrotoxic substances. The women who were breastfeeding are from the Lucas do Rio Verde county, with 45,000 inhabitants and one of the largest grain producers in the State. The mothers tested by the Mato Grosso Federal University have babies aged between two and eight weeks.

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