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Mexican Lawmakers Push Wider Pesticides Ban; Farm Groups Alarmed

MEXICO CITY, Nov 9 (Reuters) - A broad coalition of Mexican lawmakers is pushing to ban nearly 200 chemicals used in pesticides, saying they endanger human health, and the plan has alarmed farmers who say the move could devastate the country's food production.

There is a growing movement in Mexico against the use of pesticides and genetically modified crops, but some in the government have said the latest proposal goes too far, too fast.

Mexico has already started phasing out the herbicide glyphosate, found in Roundup, in a presidential decree that seeks to ban genetically modified corn in 2024.

In the coming days, Senate committees are expected to weigh support for the plan to phase out in 2024 183 different chemicals contained in pesticides commonly used in agriculture, gardening and in homes. If approved, it would move to a vote in the Senate and then the lower house.