For the first time, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (“the Commission”) held a hearing regarding the potential negative effects of agrochemicals—particularly glyphosate—on the reproductive health of women and children in the region.
At the November 8 hearing, the Commission heard testimony from the Center for Reproductive Rights’ Cristina Rosero, Senior Legal Advisor, and other legal and medical experts from Brazil, Argentina and Colombia on the adverse impact of the agrochemicals, which are widely used throughout Latin America. Harms include increased rates of fertility disorders, miscarriages, low birth weight, premature birth, congenital malformations, infant mortality and other conditions.
The Center has been working for several years to draw attention to the harmful affects of such agrochemicals. After a 2020 study it conducted with partners in Colombia, titled “Reproductive Health and Glyphosate in the Context of the Colombian Armed Conflict,” the Center and partners called on the government in Colombia to stop its use of glyphosate, a harmful herbicide used in fumigation programs.
The Center is also working on a case before the Inter-American Court of Human Rights with local partner Conde Abogados. The case concerns Yaneth Valderrama, a Colombian woman who lost her pregnancy and died due to exposure to agrochemicals.
Watch the video replay of the Commission’s hearing on agrochemicals: