Monday, March 14, 2011

When a pesticide is a pest! Endosulfan

The Indian govt./Sharad Pawar wants another panel to study endosulfan!

Over 70 countries have banned Endosulfan. We could at least learn from the Australians!
In 2009, Australia refused to ban endosulfan! In Oct 2010, they banned endosulfan!  They had the courage to say "The previous decision was made on the best available science at the time"!

"The continued registration and approval of endosulfan in Australia is likely to have unintended effects on the environment that cannot be mitigated", said the report, which was prepared by the Environment Department and the Department of Health and Ageing.

Please support the Global Ban on Endosulfan!


rb stumped said...

I also noticed that there is currently a campaign on behalf of the farmers to oppose the ban on Endosulfan. The US-based NGO spokesperson, R.Hariharan, is actually a VP of Excel Crop Care, a leading manufacturer of Endosulfan! So much for disinformation!!

Roshi said...

That is not on behalf on farmers. It by the farmers, end users of this product.
If farmers support this product, there is surely a fact that needs to be heard out.

rb stumped said...

We definitely need to hear out the farmers. They need access to good products. Toxic pesticides should be kept out and they should be made aware of the facts.

I think that there will be both sides to the story and most studies will be biased. In my view, it is highly unlikely that countries like US, Australia would arbitrarily choose to ban a valuable pesticide. There must have been an overwhelming rationale for them to choose to ban endosulfan despite pressure from the industry.

jaya said...

endusers of the "product" endos ulfan may be farmers. but what about consumers? neither farmers nor consmers are aware of the ill effects of the pesticides. ..? who introduced the use of these toxics in the conventional agriculture pratices ( and in the minds of farmers too ...)eventhough natural and harmless pest repellent methods are available? why no govt is providing subsidies to non-toxic and chemical agricultural practices?

Roshi said...

Farmers have been using it for more than 30 years. No one needs to tell him the ill-effects of endosulfan at this stage. By now they know the pesticide much more than anyone does. Since they use it, it should have caused problems to them if it was that harmful. The farmers see a concerted activity involved in ban of endosulfan and therefore have raised their voices n I support them

rb stumped said...

Assuming that the farmers know the pesticides best would not be prudent. Policies cannot be made on such assumptions.

Consider the case of DDT! It was assumed that to be good and proved very efficient for agriculture too! It even got the scientist a Nobel prize! Advocating the continued use of DDT will be inappropriate for the environment and the users.

As Jaya says, the farmer needs a non-environment-affecting/human-friendly pesticide. The govt. should do more to encourage organic farming.

Roshi said...

And to let you know various countries in Africa and India still use DDT to control Malaria.

Also organic farming is not the option at the moment as it cannot be applied on large scale production. If it was, it would have been used till now.
IPM is the technique for progeesive farming.

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