Two uniform rows of trees in a Eucalyptus Plantation

Eucalyptus plantation, Bahia, Brazil. Photo: Petermann (2011)

A letter denouncing pesticides in the State of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil

The following is a letter written in 2023 that denounces pesticides in the State of Mato Grosso do Sul, Brazil.

It was written by a teacher at the Indigenous Intercultural Faculty in Dourados, Ms. Sandra Procópio. 

Original Version (Portuguese)

Translated Version (English)

Note: The letter was translated into English using software and may contain inaccuracies

Additional Note: GJEP travelled to Brazil in May and June, 2023. The experiences are recorded on GJEP’s website. Brazil is one of the highest users of toxic agrochemicals in the world.  While much of this has been for herbicide-resistant (glyphosate) GMO soy, the new and emerging threat from GMO eucalyptus trees engineered to resist glyphosate could lead to even more heavy uses of this toxic herbicide on eucalyptus plantations.  The impacts on water, soils, biodiversity and traditional communities would be very serious, as we see in this article below.