In this interview, the doctor and university professor questioned the production model, providing extremely interesting details. A stoic path in defense of health over the income of a few.
Damián Verzeñassi is a well-known doctor and professor who for many years has been playing the role of Quixote in a battle that seems to be fought against windmills. Their invaluable investigations have served as a ram to advance in different organizations that helped to retract the exclusion zone by meters to be able to fumigate.
The professor from the Faculty of Medical Sciences of Rosario continues to promote what has become a true beacon for the final practice of the career constituted by the Health Camps. Stepping on fumigated territories, interacting with its inhabitants, learning about their experiences, knowledge and struggles, moving away from city dullness to dare to socialize with the most vulnerable.
Resistance to the use of pesticides continues to be referred to as one of the most noble and unequal struggles that exist today. In this context, Damián Verzeñassi was blunt about the damage caused by them and the myths that surround them. "Today we must say that those myths have become fallacies, since not only the WHO (World Health Organization), through its national agency for cancer research, has reclassified most of the chemicals used in the agro-industrial model ( at least in our country) as probably carcinogenic, or directly carcinogenic”.
Two of the most used in Argentina were classified as harmful to health, "herbicides that are based on glyphosate and 2.4, with monographs 112 and 113 respectively, were able to verify after a series of studies that they are probably carcinogenic. The few existing studies with animals were able to verify the damage they cause, it would be necessary for them to summon a group of humans to experiment with them and to see the lethal effects. That would represent going back even further than Helsinki, so since they know that this is unfeasible, corporations continue to advance on that side, however it is impossible to avoid the impact that these chemical substances produce in our endocrine system”, Emphasized Verzeñassi.
Regarding the commodities that have been imposed on us as food, the health professional indicated: “It should be noted that we do not need to be fumigated directly, since this fumigation is what we carry on the table every day. A survey by a brave city attorney, Dr. Zárate, revealed after visiting an important series of greengrocers, that 75% of fruits and vegetables have agrochemicals. Let it be clear that this is not a campaign against greengrocers, we want our producers to continue being so, but gradually to mutate towards agroecological production”.