The use of hazardous pesticides in the Brazilian food production needs to stop now! In 2019 alone Mr Bolsonaro has approved 197 (!) new pesticides. This endangers the health of the Brazilian population, the environment and our planet as a whole. This is a call out to everyone to join the boycott and show Mr Bolsonaro that enough is enough! He should not be allowed to destroy our planet and our children’s future anymore!
As a father of three and an founder of the Swedish natural and organics grocery chain Paradiset (www.paradiset.com) I decided to boycott Brazilian food products and get rid of them in my stores. I also encourage other grocery chains and food buyers to stop buying from Brazil until there is a change in how the food production is handled and the rapid deforestation of the Amazon rainforest is stopped.
We all vote three times every day with our knife and fork. By deciding not to buy and eat food from Brazil your voice is heard all the way to Mr Bolsonaros office forcing him to reconsider.
Just as we stopped apartheid years ago by taking a stand against the South African government we can do the same now. Please join me in my fight for natural food without harmful pesticides for a better future. For our children and our planet. Agree and share this campaign!
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Brazilian embassy replies to boycott against Jair Bolsonaro. Read about it here: medium.com/wedonthavetime/the-brazilian-embassy-replies-to-boycott-against-jair-bolsonaro-e4e482201e28
Glad to hear the Brazilian Embassy replies but sad to read what they say... Time for Mr Bolsonaro to start protecting his people and the Amazonas
Dear Mr. Cullberg, The Brazilian Embassy in Stockholm has taken note through reports in the press that your company announced a boycott to Brazilian products, which obviously surprised the Brazilian Government as well as many Brazilian exporters. With all respect to your convictions and to your privilege to decide what best suits your business, we wish to convey some important facts and information that may interest you as a supplier of fresh farming products, and that may be taken into account for future decisions. In sending you this letter, we do not know exactly if you import organic goods from Brazil or otherwise. In any case, the Embassy wishes to inform you that Brazil, despite being an agricultural powerhouse, is not the biggest user of pesticides. It is ranked 5th or 7th in the World, according to applicable parameters in pesticide studies worldwide, being such rankings based on either total volume, per surface (hectare) or per capita In what regards pesticides, notwithstanding being, as a country, the second greatest producer of food in the World (excluding the EU as a whole) Brazil has a compatible record if compared to the rest of agricultural countries and stands below the top users and consumer countries. There are statistics that you may find on the Internet, such as the official records of FAO (Food and Agriculture Organization) which can be accessed through the following link www.fao.org/faostat/en/#data/EP/visualize Or you could also find Brazil's rankings in many other studies available online , as ourworldindata.org/fertilizer.and-pesticides#pesticide- application-rates, for example. It is worrisome that, though many other countries have higher use of pesticides, only Brazil has been singled out in the press and media. In that regard, as you know, news in general are in many cases based on opinions tainted with political or other agendas, and we believe that such sources of information to take decisions on are not an unbiased substitute for studies and technical data at regard Taking solely general opinions into account to support conclusions may give way to unfair decisions since they do not reflect all available and reliable data and real situations. On that note, we wish you could take into account also, in what regards the number of pesticides that were authorized recently in Brazil, that this fact does not necessarily mean that all of the products will be used in full scale on the short or long run. It will be the market and the efficiency of the pesticide products in controlling harmful pests and insects that will determine if they will be used in large scale. Therefore, authorization does not mean actual use, and again, we wish to stress that there are many other countries that use bigger volume than Brazil, even if there are fewer specific authorized pesticides Therefore, there is no direct correlation between authorizations and total volume, as statistics have proven in the above-mentioned studies In this context, another fact to keep in mind about the need of use of pesticides in Brazil is its tropical environment, where pests, insects, bacteria and fungi exist in a greater variety and with much greater rate and scale of proliferation than in European or other milder climates. In tropical countries, clearly, pesticides have to be used in proportion to the dimension of the challenges of local biological environment so as to counter the elements that jeopardize agriculture and farm production. Even though it may be desired, organic and chemical-free production is a much greater task and challenge in some climates than in others, but yet pesticides have to be used nevertheless in large scale production. As you are aware, also, tropical agriculture can yield more than one harvest per year, which may double the absolute amount of yearly applied pesticides. It is worth noting that, in some cases, Brazilian agriculture is capable of producing up to three annual crops. So, while a farm in a milder climate uses specific products once during the year, a farm in Brazil has to incur in greater investments in products such as fertilizers and pesticides for each harvest Even though these elements mentioned above could have been a reason for consuming more pesticide, Brazil is still far away from being the greatest user worldwide. Dear Mr Cullberg The Brazilian Embassy is totally available for any further information or clarification on this or any other matter. Please find enclosed to this letter additional information from the Brazilian government as well as other scientific figures that may be of your interest. The Brazilian Embassy takes this opportunity to cordially greet you, hoping that you take into consideration the above information.
President Bolsonaro is also encouraging the destruction of the Amazon rainforest at an ever increasing rate. He has no regard for native tribes, who are themselves being forced out by cattle ranchers and illegal timber loggers. Please do not buy Brasilian meat, especially beef. The E.U. Should enforce a total ban in the importation of Brasilian timber. There is no guarantee that the timber is legal sourced. The Amazon needs to be respected, not treated as a commodity. Don’t buy Brasilian.
It's not just food that get destroyed by pesticides even the people, farmers etc gets sick. That is so nonchalant and bad and reminds of old times when workers didn't get payed enough and was treated carelessly.
Hello! Wow, this campaign reached 100 agrees real fast! We’ve sent it to the Brazilian government and to Jair himself, it will be interesting to see what they reply.
Sadly, in Mexico we have 111 pesticides appoved for use in agriculture . This horror must stop everywhere. Supporting this campaign 100%!
Awesome - Reaction created Action!! This is what will move Eart forward. Strong standpoint!
Thanks Johannes Cullberg! I cross-posted and shared this around the block and elsewhere ;) . I just learned that the M in his name "Jair M. Bolsonaro" is short for Messias. Nothing could be more wrong than that name on that person. However, let's not demonize nor underestimate him. He is hugely popular in Brazil, and somewhat polarized so even elsewhere. He is a very worthy recipient of your warning!
Very good initiative! Thank you. Just read the other day that the deforestation of the Brazilian rain forest has picked up since Jair became president...
Because of Bolsonaro, Swedish supermarket chain boycotts Brazilian products www.plataformamedia.com/en-uk/news/society/interior/because-of-bolsonaro-swedish-supermarket-chain-boycotts-brazilian-products-10982768.html
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