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Revista de Saúde Pública

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PERES, Frederico et al. Pesticide use reporting in a rural area of Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil. Rev. Saúde Pública [online]. 2001, vol.35, n.6, pp.564-570. ISSN 0034-8910.

OBJECTIVE: To assess communications aspects related to pesticide use in a rural area of the Rio de Janeiro state, Brazil. METHODS: The study was carried out in the area of São Lourenço stream. It was based on methodological triangulation comprising: semi-structured interviews and observation of a local population sample (about 600 inhabitants); structured questionnaire to collect data on the local community; and records of lectures given by agronomic engineers, pesticides traders and other public service professionals. RESULTS AND DISCUSSION: This study pointed out to the historical misinformation on pesticides in rural areas; the emphasis on technical language in educational and training activities available which constitutes a barrier for rural workers knowledge acquisition and empowerment; and the industry/commerce's pressure to legitimate pesticide trading, reinforcing the existing communication process, resulting in unfavorable inclusion of the rural worker into a broader market economy.

Keywords : Pesticides; Rural workers; Occupational health; Communication; Health education; Pesticide use; Interview; Communication and health.

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