One of the main objectives of Beyond Fordlândia is to intensify the debate about the impacts of activities related to agricultural production. The Waldemar Maués State School in Belterra (PA) held a meeting with the leaders of the Rural Workers' Unions of Santarém, Mojui do Campos and Belterra, as well as the Women's Association of the Municipality of Belterra (AMABELA), the Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation (EMBRAPA) and the Federation of Organs for Social and Educational Assistance (FASE). The objective of the meeting was the planning of the Agrochemicals event and its influences on human health and the Amazon biome.
“We understand that in this struggle we need to join forces. That is why it is vital to bring these institutions closer to the debate and build a better future”, said Waldemar Maués professor Laura Chagas.
In addition to the meeting, a data collection action was carried out for research developed in the School, entitled Socioeconomic and health diagnosis of the people vulnerable to contamination by exposure to the use of pesticides in the urban area and adjacencies of the municipality of Belterra - Pará. These information are fundamental to subsidize actions of public agencies to mitigate and give effective responses to this social, economic and environmental impact from agribusiness. Questionnaires were submitted to 151 households in the communities of Portão, Trevo and Amapá, that were near the borders of BR 163 and considered to be exposed.
Photos by Laura Chagas.