Research Article

Exposure to pesticides of North-Andean Peruvian farmers: environmental impact

Andrea E. Chávez Melendez1, Maribel A. Díaz-Vásquez1, Rosa J. Diaz-Manchay1, Virgilio E. Failoc-Rojas2*

1Universidad Católica Santo Toribio de Mogrovejo, Chiclayo, Peru.
2Universidad San Ignacio de Loyola, Lima, Peru.
*Correspondence: Virgilio E Failoc-Rojas, MD. Email: virgiliofr@gmail.com. Av La Fontana 505, La Molina, Lima, Peru. Phone: +51948845837

ABSTRACT:

The objective of the current study was to analyze feedback and experience of coastal farmers residing in northern Peru. For this, we performed a qualitative research, collecting information via a semi-structured survey; collected data was processed according by thematic analysis. Six categories were investigated pertaining the environmental load experience gained by farmers, with the purpose of mapping up sustainability knowledge of Peruvian cultivators.
It was found that farmers, who applied pesticides, were insufficiently trained on the risks derived from exposure to pesticides and they used unsatisfactory personal protection measures, they did lack a hygiene protocol, the storage of pesticides was done inside their homes, the reentry period was not respected, and the pesticide containers were disposed of in a disorganized manner, creating risks of exposure to the family members of the farmers and the environment, as well. Authors believe that environmental health interventions need to be conducted in this vulnerable group, which includes a large number of North-Andean Peruvian workers.

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Chávez Melendez et al.  “Exposure to pesticides of North-Andean Peruvian farmers: environmental impact” DRC Sustainable Future 2020. 1(2): 120-128. DOI: 10.37281/DRCSF/1.2.4

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