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Ambiente & Sociedade

versão On-line ISSN 1809-4422

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GASPARINI, Marina Favrim  e  FREITAS, Carlos Machado de. Rural work, health and the environment: narratives of flower growers in the face of social and environmental risks. Ambient. soc. [online]. 2013, vol.16, n.3, pp.23-44. ISSN 1809-4422.  http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1414-753X2013000300003.

The article is part of the discussion about the environmental impacts generated by conventional farming practices. It presents the main conclusions of a research which examined the process of production of flowers in two sites of the city of Nova Friburgo (RJ), with emphasis on the understanding of the perceptions and attitudes of producers face to the risks associated with their work. It was adopted a qualitative approach, that prioritized the narratives of flower producers as the main form of approximation of the plurality of perspectives of these subjects. In relation to data collection procedures were used semi-structured interviews, observation and descriptive field notes and secondary data review. The evidence collected indicates that pesticides stand out as a central element of production and are permeated by ambiguities and dilemmas. In this context, the various interrelated factors that act as determinants of this situation are identified and discussed.

Palavras-chave : Rural work; Social and environmental risks; Risk perception; Pesticides.

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