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Mental health, human rights and environmental justice: the chemicalization of life as a matter of violation of human rights due to institutionalized intoxication


This work thematizes the problem of socio-sanitary and environmental consequences of the vicious circle that links human rights violations, food insecurity, and institutionalized intoxication, mainly in relation to the effects on mental health resulting from environmental contaminants and pesticides. The predatory model of post-industrial capitalism was born linked to central factors, such as: chemical-dependent agriculture, social medicalization, and nutritional transition, associated with the perverse commodification of natural resources. The expansion of large-scale monocultures using pesticides and other environmental contaminants, the expansion of the pharmaceutical industry and medical technology, and the expansion of the industrial additivated food model are consequences associated with these interconnected factors. In addition, this process is stimulated and reproduced in an institutionalized and legalized way and has been producing multiple human rights violations and the deepening of various forms of intoxication and illness: this model can be called the ‘paradigm of the chemicalization of life’.

Mental health; Agrochemicals; Right to health; Environmental health; Food security; Human rights

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