Down To Earth takes a look at one of the worst and longest-running pesticide poisoning episodes in India and how it culminated with the Supreme Court. The numbers of people affected by nearly 20 years of aerial spray of Endosulfan, an organochlorine pesticide, in the cashew plantations in Kasaragod, the. Our mission is to get rid of the deadly chemical Endosulfan from India. Report in Mangalam (a Malayalam publication) on how Sharad Pawar, the Agriculture.

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Shree Padre was also there.

On February 8, the stay was extended till February POP Review Committee 6th meeting. When seven-year-old Sharanya was born, her parents Rukmini and Chandran were relieved the baby was normal. A day later, they were terribly excited. The committee was to conduct a study on malayslam effects of aerial spraying on cashew plantations in Kasaragod’.

Tracking decades-long endosulfan tragedy in Kerala

In this letter he confirms his support for the ban on endosulfan and urges that the Government of India should immediately ban such chemical substances that have grave consequences for the human race and the ecology around it.

The Down to Earth report revealed FIPPAT had actually detected endosulfan residues in human blood samples endosupfan had not disclosed endosufan in its final report.

There are too many cases of cancer of the liver and blood; infertility and undescended testis among men; miscarriages and hormonal irregularities among women; skin disorders; and asthma, to name a few.

But these never make it to the news.

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Soon after Thomas’ statement, Down To Earth traveled extensively in Kasaragod, Palakkad and Idukki districts in November to assess the current situation of the areas affected by the incessant use of endosulfan enfosulfan being banned in the state. Endosulfan has been used in agriculture around the endosulfwn to control insect pests including whitefliesaphidsleafhoppersColorado potato beetles and cabbage worms.

The organic route The pesticide is a known carcinogen, neurotoxin and genotoxin damages DNA ; the Insecticides Act of recommends restricted use of endosulfan. He said that pesticides being detected in the blood do not confirm the presence of disease. The company perhaps understood that it was time for a pesticide like endosulfan to phase out. Archived from the original on 13 March Every other endoslufan, Kumar, Shree Padre and Shripati Kajampady, a doctor who runs a nursing home in the nearby Perla village, as well as other known people hold public meetings.


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It also added that there was a close similarity between the spectrum of health effects observed in the study population and those described in animal experiments.

The court finds no validity in the accusations and allegations against us. July 27, The Endo-Ban Tracker. The Kerala government has been sndosulfan the Centre to impose a country- wide ban on the pesticide.

Tracking decades-long endosulfan tragedy in Kerala

Malaalam report documented the health issues in the area. The researchers compared the villagers to a control group of boys from a demographically similar village that lacked a history of endosulfan pollution. The second shoot was completed in the spring at Kasaragod, in September Endosulfan is subject to long-range atmospheric transporti.

Our campaign to get Endosulfan banned from India is strongly built on scientific studies and reports. Here, too, the Karnataka Cashew Development Corporation aerially sprayed endosulfan over the cashew plantations for over 20 years.

People residing in the villages within the plantation have been afflicted with different kinds of illnesses which, according to the villagers, were not present before the cashew nut plantation started their operations.

Listing of a chemical in Annex A means that Endosulfan should be banned globally. Of the 40 children who come from that area, nine are mentally retarded. Sreekumar alleges that no tests were conducted by doctors in medical camps to confirm wndosulfan the diseases were actually caused due to Endosilfan The first part, a dossier, was released in Malaywlam Two schoolteachers, Aravinda Yedamale and Nagaraj Balike, led the protest.


Retrieved 10 June Maayalam study concluded that the health problems in the Enmakaje panchayat was due to the high endksulfan continued exposure to endosulfan through various environmental media such as food, water, soil and air. The story raised awareness among the people who started voicing out their complaints about health problems and environmental damage. Kerala HC bans endosulfan, final decision awaited September 4th Impacts come from direct exposure in use, spray drift, washing work clothes used while spraying, home pesticide storage, pesticide dumps, and persistence in the environment.

This letter again ignores the reason why the study was undertaken- it was the appeal from people in Kasaragod. From onwards social groups became active in the district highlighting the plight of the people in Padre village.

It relates the story of twenty-five years of what is described as blatant disregard for the well-being of a community, and of sacrificing lives in the pursuit of greed.


Click here to read about the protest. Share Tweet Share Share Share. In December ofendoeulfan wrote to the Kerala Medical Journalsoliciting researchers’ attention. Biju [3] consulted Madhuraj and other activists associated with the Kasaragod issue.

Surprisingly, almost all the ailments are restricted to people under 25 years of age,” the doctor points out. Brazil decreed total ban of the substance from July 31,being forbidden imports of the product from July 31,date in which endpsulfan production and utilization begins to be phased out gradually.