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Agroecology and Collective Health in the construction of pesticides as a public health problem in Brazil


The publication of the ‘Dossiê Abrasco: an alert on the impacts of pesticides on health’, since 2012, sparked a wide public debate on the classification of pesticides as a public health problem. This article aims to analyze the role of that publication as an inflection point, by promoting an arena of debate that repositions different actors who agree on a consensus, albeit unstable and deeply fought by dominant sectors, on the effects of pesticides on health. It is argued that the document hybridized its senses, making research and data on the subject visible and also constituting itself as a document-manifest. This effect is problematized based on the role that Agroecology assumed in the text, appropriate as a place of gathering forces in the face of the dispute with the vital arrangements of Brazil’s agro-export and dependent economic formation. Thus, through the STS (Science, Technology, and Society) studies approach, we discuss the tortuous and complex process of historical and sociological construction of a public health problem and how the ‘Dossier’ contributed to reconfigure a battlefield that has in Agroecology a space that brings together scientists and social movements to transform reality together.

Agrochemicals; Agroecology; Public health

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