Join the Ban Campaign-Hurry!!
As a fellow human being and and a medical person, I cannot keep quite after seeing the “living dead” fellow human beings in the north kerala districts, the victims of toxic Endosulfan.Let us all raise our voice in any way we can and fight against the lobbys working against the ban.
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Urge the politicians of India including Prime minister Sigh to take a strong stand on banning Endosulfan at a conference of parties to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants beginning in Geneva on April 25.
About Killer Endosulfan
Endosulfan is a organochlorine compound that is used as an insecticide. This pesticide has been banned in 81 countries, excluding the US and India where it is used in cashew production. It presents health risks to farm workers and those living near where the chemical is used.
Endosulfan enters into the body by drinking contaminated water, breathing contaminated air,eating food crops on which endosulfan is applied or from skin contact. The researches proved that the detection of endosulfan and its breakdown products in breast milk, food corps and vegetables.
In human body it causes to a number of health problems. Endosulfan damages the function of central nervous system. It affects the growth of organs and brain in children. Some of other health problems are damage of kidney, liver immune system, etc. Diabates are also going on the possibility of cancer by the exposure of endosulfan. There are some genetical diseases are also reported.It affects the reproductive system by affecting the semen quality ,sperm count and other defects in male sex organs.
In kerala in kasargode , idukky and palakkad district indiscriminative use of this pesticide have resulted in serious health problem.In kasargode arial spray of this pesticide in plantation crop for the last twenty years have affected the health of people surronded this area. .Neurological disorders,mental and physical retardation,cerebral plasy,blood and lever cancer,skin disorders,asthma ,psychiatrical problems are the symptoms shown by the people of padre village of kasargode .
The situation there has been called “next in magnitude only to the Bhopal gas tragedy.”
In Kasargod District, more than 9000 patients are said to be victims of Endosulfan. After a 14 years’ outcry from social activists and anti-endosulfan activists, the Government of Kerala has imposed restrictions on the use and marketing of pesticides. Still the illegal application of the endosulfan has reported in Kerala.
The Central Government’s attitude is against the ban on endosulfan. The Government claimed that there is no scientific basis for ban. In the Stockhom Convention of October 2010, India is the only nation that voted against worldwide ban. The National Human Rights Commission is also questioned the stand of Government and called for a ban at National Level.
The Social, human and anti-endosulfan activists are demanding a national level ban on endosulfan. On the other hand the opponents are opposing the ban. Their arguments are as follows.
1. The substitute pesticides are costlier than endosulfan
2. There is no scientific basis for ban
3. The health problem reported are not scientifically proven that they are caused by the use of endosulfan
Eighty-one countries have banned this chemical or are in the process of phasing out its use.
We can no longer turn a blind eye to the health and environmental hazards caused by endosulfan. It’s time for our country and the world to terminate this acutely toxic chemical pesticide.