Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
On-line version ISSN 1678-4561
BREILH, Jaime. New model of accumulation and agro-business: the ecological and epidemiological implications of the Ecuadorian cut flower production. Ciênc. saúde coletiva [online]. 2007, vol.12, n.1, pp. 91-104. ISSN 1678-4561. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1413-81232007000100013.
The article refers to the results of an integrative research project that aim to analyze ecosystem and human health's impacts of cut flower production in Cuencas del Rio Grande region (Cayambe and Tabacundo zones). In order to assess the complex object of study and its multiple dimensions, an interdisciplinary approach has been constructed, based on the following components: a) pesticides dynamics analysis; b) pesticides distribution and commercialization processes in the region; c) economic and anthropological transformation determinate by the flower production; d) epidemiological process of human health impacts; e) and the design of participatory, multicultural and integrative information. The research consolidated an important geo-codified data base on the impacts of cut flower production to workers, communities, aquatic systems and soils, offering evidences of the actual flower production system severe impacts and leading to a reflection about the sustainability of the productive systems and the future of the ecosystems.
Keywords : Cut flower production; Pesticides; Worker's health; Ecohealth approach.