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Brazil Congress passes controversial pesticide bill

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - The Brazilian Chamber of Deputies on Wednesday, February 9, 2022, passed a controversial bill relaxing the control and approval of pesticides in Brazil, known by its critics as the Poison Bill (PL do Veneno), championed by its promoters as a modernization of the agricultural sector.

The bill, which has been pending since 2002, secured 301 votes in favor, 150 against and 2 abstentions, and must still be passed by the Senate before it becomes law. A special Upper House committee had passed the bill in 2018.

This approval was achieved with the backing of allies of . . .

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