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Saturday, November 13, 2010

ENDOSULFAN KILLING PEOPLE IN INDIAN STATE KERALA–TIME TO REACT

Endosulfan has been used to control insect pests and in wood preservation, home gardening, and tse-tse fly control. It is a Xenoestrogen which is a synthetic substance that imitates or enhances the effect of estrogens that can act as an endocrine disruptor, causing reproductive and developmental damage in both animals and humans. Whether Endosulfan can cause cancer is yet to be confirmed and studies are going on in the matter.

Endosulfan belongs to the group of highly toxic chemicals called persistent organic pollutants (POPs) and has already been banned in 56 countries because of its high toxicity and environmental contamination.

Recently we have seen some shocking incidents of possible Endosulfan side effects. The below given pictures are collected from various sources but are real up to my knowledge.

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How people became like this?

The government-owned Plantation Corporation of Kerala aerially sprayed Endosulfan in an area of nearly 4,700 acres in Kasargod for more than 26 years, neglecting all warnings and precautionary steps advised by organizations throughout the world. The plantations are located in mountain areas. The sprayed Endosulfan and its residues drained with rain water and thereby reached almost all sources of drinking water

Now, the poor villagers who lived close to the plantation are in deep trouble. Different types of known and unknown illness pushed them into a war like situation. Swarga and other areas like Padre, Muliyar and Bellur in Kasargod district of Kerala, Southern most past of India, have become living examples of careless application of this dangerous pesticide.

What actions taken against Endosulfan in countries other than India:

  • In 2002, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service recommends that Endosulfan should be cancelled.
  • In 2008 February, Natural Resources Defense Council, Organic Consumers Association, and the United Farm Workers call on the U.S. EPA to ban Endosulfan.
  • In 2008 May, coalitions of scientists, environmental groups, and arctic tribes ask the EPA to cancel Endosulfan.
  • In 2008July a coalition of environmental and workers groups file a lawsuit against the EPA challenging its 2002 decision to not ban Endosulfan.
  • In 2008, October, the Review Committee of the Stockholm Convention moved Endosulfan along in the procedure for listing under the treaty, while India blocked its addition to the Rotterdam Convention.
  • In 2009, New Zealand bans the use of Endosulfan.
  • In 2009, the Stockholm Convention's Review Committee agrees that Endosulfan is a persistent organic pollutant and that "global action is warranted", setting the stage of a global ban
  • In 2010, U.S. EPA announces that all uses of Endosulfan in the U.S. will be cancelled
  • In 2010, Australia banned the use of Endosulfan.

What actions taken in India, especially in the most affected Kerala:

No major steps taken by Indian Government to study the after effects of Endosulfan or ban it based on the reports from other developed countries. Kerala State Government banned Endosulfan two years before. Unfortunately, this pesticide is now freely available even in small shops in Kerala.

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  • Who will save these children?
  • Who will help them to survive further in their life?
  • Who will come forward to help thousands of families affected by this pesticide?
  • A ban of this pesticide cannot be the final solution- Who will order the pesticide manufacturing companies to provide compensation for these poor people?

Many questions coming into my weeping mind. And I am dedicating this post to all those who are suffering with Endosulfan dangers.

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