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Changes in Chemical Usage

The U.S./Canada and Europe have increased pesticide usage only slightly over the past two decades whereas South America’s usage has grown by almost 120 percent. Africa’s pesticide usage in agriculture has grown by nearly 69 percent, but from a very small base. Asia is the dominant applicant of pesticides, utilizing 54 percent of the chemicals where usage has grown by 32 percent over the same period. However, South America has become an increasingly large supplier of food to Asia, which means that utilization of the chemicals has been exported to largely Brazil and Argentina. ...

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