Colombia: Indigenous inhabitant dead, others ill due to fumigation

Posted on January 17, 2012 • Filed under: Agriculture, Colombia, Crime, Enviromental Issues, Latin America Health

According to, on January 16, 2012 at least one indigenous inhabitant of Colombia is dead while 10 others are hospitalized after drinking a fermented beer mix made from bananas. Apparently a banana plantation located in the southern department of Guaviare was accidentally sprayed with glyphosate, an element used to exterminate illegal harvests. According to officials, among the intoxicated natives two were children who are currently being treated in a hospital in San Jose del Guaviare. However, Colombian officials claim that the element is harmless to humans. Toxicology tests are currently being awaited to prove that the toxic element is harmful to human and is the cause of illness to the indigenous people. Read Article

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