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Revista mexicana de ciencias agrícolas

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ESCOBAR-CASTILLEJOS, Daisy; CABALLERO-ROQUE, Adriana  and  RENDON-VON OSTEN, Jaime. Pesticide use practices in the locality of Nueva Libertad, La Concordia, Chiapas. Rev. Mex. Cienc. Agríc [online]. 2011, vol.2, n.spe1, pp.19-30. ISSN 2007-0934.

Some of the pesticides used in the Irrigation District (DDR) Num. 101 Cuxtepeques, Chiapas, are banned in other countries and restricted in Mexico. This represents a risk for the environment and the health of people who uses them. The aim of this study was to determine the socio-demographic characteristics and determinants of exposure to pesticides in agricultural workers in Nueva Libertad as part of a project that was conducted in the eight locations covered by the irrigation district, whose agricultural production is maintained throughout the whole year. This is a cross-sectional study conducted from November 2008 to May 2009, to a 197 settlers. The working's process analysis was done as well as the application of a semi-structured questionnaire and open interviews with key people in Nueva Libertad, La Concordia, Chiapas. The data revealed that 96% of the agricultural workers in the locality know about the health problems associated with the improper handling of pesticides. However, the risks and danger were minimized and denied. For example, the lack of use of personal protection when applying the products, as the 99.5% answered, or the improper handling of pesticide containers, as 92.9% did.

Keywords : environment; habits; health; pesticides.

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