2019 Outlook: Brazil’s Bolsonaro Pushes for Lax Pesticide Rules

Dec. 31, 2018, 11:26 AM

Brazilian lawmakers could pass bills in 2019 to ease pesticide regulations and relax environmental permitting requirements in an effort to revive struggling industries in South America’s biggest economy.

President-elect Jair Bolsonaro has made both bills priorities as he prepares to take office Jan. 1, 2019. His choices for agriculture and environment ministers have links to agribusiness, which stands to benefit from less restrictive pesticides and environmental permitting requirements.

Bolsonaro’s pick for agriculture minister, Tereza Cristina Correa da Costa Dias, who headed the farm lobby in the the Chamber of the Deputies, the lower house of Congress

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