Brazilian lawmakers seek to deregulate pesticide use and ban sale of organic produce in major supermarkets

SÃO PAULO, Brazil — Every morning at 6:30, Joaquim dos Santos walks across his farm in Parelheiros, a rural neighborhood that feels out of place deep in the southern part of this crowded metropolis.

His best sellers are root vegetables. Ginger, yams, purple sweet potatoes, carrots and a yellow root known as mandioquinha dot his 57 acres.

Dos Santos, 69, is teaching his grandson how to work the land — just like his father taught him.

But unlike his father, Dos Santos no longer uses pesticides.

“Growing organics is the future,” Dos Santos said. “It has so much potential.”

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By Jill Langlois

Photos by Gui Christ for the Los Angeles Times

Originally published in the Los Angeles Times on August 12, 2018.