Friday, November 19, 2010

PESTICIDE UPDATES (10th November 2010)

PESTICIDE UPDATES (10th November 2010)

Paraguay bans endosulfan

There was good news today from Centro de Análisis y Acción en Tóxicos y sus Alternativas (CAATA) announcing that the Government of Paraguay confirmed the phase out endosulfan, by authorities of SENAVE ( a government body in charge of pesticide registration and crop and seed safety and national quality control) during the Seminar on Highly Hazardous Pesticides, obsolete and endosulfan phase out conducted in the National Congress, in Asuncion, Paraguay, organized by the NGO ALTERVIDA, a RAP-AL member ( PAN Latin America) The Seminar is also supported in part by IPEN. For more information please visit:


Ban on endosulfan: Centre to appoint expert panel
New Delhi, Monday, November 01, 2010: The Central ministry for environment and forests has decided to appoint an expert committee to conduct study on banning endosulfan. The Centre’s decision to formulate a five member expert committee was informed by Union minister Jairam Ramesh to the State government. The five-member committee would also include one member from Kerala. The committee would submit the report within one month’s time. The State government had earlier informed the Centre on the hazardous side effects after the use of the endosulfan. For more information please visit:

Indian veggies, fruits remain highly toxic

NEW DELHI: Rampant use of banned pesticides in fruits and vegetables continues to put at risk the life of the common man. Farmers apply pesticides such as chlordane, endrin and heptachor that can cause serious neurological problems, kidney damage and skin diseases. A study conducted by Delhi-based NGO Consumer-Voice reveals that the amount of pesticides used in eatables in India is as much as 750 times the European standards. The survey collected sample data from various wholesale and retail shops in Delhi, Bangalore and Kolkata. For more information please visit:

WHO pesticide regulations should be based on toxicity in humans, not rats

Current WHO pesticide classifications are based on toxicity in rats but basing regulation on human toxicity will make pesticide poisoning less hazardous and prevent hundreds of thousands of deaths globally without compromising agricultural needs. These are the key findings from a study by Andrew Dawson (South Asian Clinical Toxicology Research Collaboration, University of Peradeniya, Sri Lanka) and colleagues published in this week's PLoS Medicine. For more information please visit:

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