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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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The ban was followed by an announcement by state agriculture minister M Retnakaran on December 3. The Mayee committee was formed since there was a lack of unanimity among the members of the Dubey committee with regards to its recommendations and lack of consensus among the experts on the safety of endosulfan.

And CSE agreed to do so as a part of its community support work. Shree Padre, who keeps in touch with the civil society right across the country, began sending emails to anybody who could provide him further information.

Endosulfan Industry’s Dirty War – A Chronology of events

The health effects of endosulfan poisoning were similar to the maladies Kumar had noticed. The compound breaks down into endosulfan sulfate, endosulfan diol, and endosulfan furan, all of which have structures similar to the parent compound and, according to the EPA, “are also of toxicological concern…The estimated half-lives for the combined toxic residues endosulfan plus endosulfan sulfate [range] from roughly 9 months to 6 years.

The film is a partly fictional representation of the environmental disaster caused by the use of the pesticide endosulfan in the Kasaragod District of Kerala, India. The petition states that CSE among other accused created, printed, published and circulated a defamatory study report on Endosulfan with malafide malayalwm criminal objective. He asked Shetty to give a written statement that endosulfan spraying had nothing to do with his son’s illness.

The committee concluded that undulating nature of land and presence of large number of water bodies and human habitation in and near the plantations made the area unsuitable for aerial spraying of pesticides and the protocol for aerial spraying was not followed by PCK. The district collector grants permission for aerial spraying.

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Also, we as responsible citizens should be keenly watching the stand and proceedings both nationally and internationally mlaayalam this toxic is phased out. This is just the first phase of Padre’s struggle.

A Monograph on Endosulfan — All you want to know about Endosulfan. The Supreme Court passed interim order on May 13,in a Writ Petition filed by Democratic Youth Federation of India, DYFIa youth wing of Communist Party of India Marxist in the backdrop of the incidents reported in Kasargode, Kerala, and banned the production, distribution and use of endosulfan in India because the pesticide has debilitating effects on humans and the environment.

In Kasaragod, the victims have spread to villages in over 11 panchayats in the district. In our own country Kerala and Karnataka have banned this chemical after finding health and environment damages. Most o f them have been putting it down to a supernatural curse. But India’s record in compensating victims of environmental pollution is abysmal see ‘ The red triangle ‘, Down To EarthJanuary 15, The ban has taken effect in mid, with certain uses exempted for five additional years.


The shooting schedule lasted a year in Kasaragod and Canada, in order to capture the nouances of the four seasons. 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. It cannot be malnutrition. Norman Nesheim March He said ministers and elected representatives were discussing the matter and it wasn’t proper for him to say anything.


In December ofhe wrote to the Kerala Medical Journalsoliciting researchers’ attention. The report was released in two parts on January and July, His passion for making realistic and meaningful movies led to him joining forces with contemporary artistic filmmaker Dr.

But their sense of moral outrage at the arrogance of pck endosjlfan like Bala Kurup made them persist. Even if the village manages to stop endosulfan spraying for all times to come, the people here fear a poisoned future. You can join the campaign demanding our government to bring a nation wide ban on Endosulfan.


The worst hit is an area of about four sq km in the sixth and seventh wards of the panchayat.

He succeeded in getting one farm worker to quit job after his contractor insisted he use endosulfan. The unrest brought together several residents. 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 ordering compensation for victims. February 23rd The committee suggested that though there is no direct evidence to attribute health problems to endosulfan, there was no evidence to completely deny it.

Thursday 16 August The numbers of people affected by nearly 20 years of aerial spray of Endosulfan, an organochlorine pesticide, in the cashew plantations in Kasaragod, the northern most district of Kerala is increasing.

India will phase out all endosulfan use by But that ban has been ineffective. Dr TP Rajendran however conveniently ignored the fact that water can contain both soluble and insoluble factions of endosulfan.

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 despite being banned in the state.

There is a vast databank consisting of reports of fact-finding missions, videos, photographs, links to articles in leading newspapers and magazines. A large number of people of all ages in the village had been, for years, suffering from horrendous diseases. It may require cleanup to comply with Wikipedia’s content policies, particularly neutral point of view.