By Contributing Reporter

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - A ranking by the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), places Brazil as the 44th largest global user of pesticides, behind countries in Europe, such as Belgium, Italy, Ireland, Portugal, and Switzerland. Data from FAO's statistical service, released by the Ministry of Agriculture, show an average use of 4.31 kg per hectare in 2016, the reference year.

The ranking includes information from 245 countries, based on data collected since 1961. Behind Brazil are Germany, France, and Spain. Considering the criterion of consumption by production, Brazil is in 58th . . .

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