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Dominican Republic: coffee farmers very exposed to pesticides

Dominican Republic Spanish

In some agrarian areas of the Dominican Republic, such as Jarabacoa, in the center of the country, more than 80 percent of coffee farmers who have frequent contact with pesticides do not use any type of protection, which in addition to being an important risk to their health, diminishes the claim that these products are safe because they are applied with appropriate measures such as masks and gloves.

In samples taken from the mouth of 38 coffee farmers who regularly use pesticides, a team of researchers from the Medical University of Vienna detected the presence of chemicals capable of altering the role of the enzymes involved in the replication of their body's DNA and, therefore, favor mutations and the appearance of cancer.