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Why must Bolivia’s Ese ejja communities stop eating fish?

Rocío Lloret Céspedes August 18, 2021

In the extreme west of Bolivia’s Beni department, north of the capital La Paz, Amazonian forests survive in an increasingly degraded state. This remote area, which borders Peru and Brazil, used to be a veritable paradise before the arrival of the gold rush in the 1980s.

Women in two Amazonian villages have high levels of mercury in their blood and are advised to remove fish from their diets. But the state is not addressing the root causes of the problem – mining.

A recent study on women’s exposure to mercury in Latin American gold-producing countries Brazil, Venezuela, Colombia and Bolivia by the International Pollutant Elimination Network (IPEN) and the Biodiversity Research Institute (BRI) found worryingly elevated levels of mercury in the population.

Did you know?

The concentration of methylmercury in humans should not exceed one part per million (ppm) in the body. In these communities in Bolivia, out of 64 women sampled, 60 far exceeded this number.

"One of the samples exceeded 180 ppm."

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