Endosulfan is an off-patent organochlorine insecticide and acaricide that is being phased out .. This inspired protests, and the pesticide was banned in Kerala as early as , following a report by the National Institute of Occupational Health. British photographer Beatriz Lopez and Peter Caton visit Kasargod district in north Kerala, whose residents have been plagued by the spraying. The nodal medical officer of Kasargod district, who played a key role in Kerala’s campaign against the pesticide endosulfan, refuses to answer.

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The meeting, believed to have been attended by many farmer organisations, also called for a CBI enquiry against CSE for getting funds from EU and creating a pressure group to ban endosulfan.

Keala walked through the fields. At last count, there were over The Bhopal Gas Tragedy ensured that Indians have no faith in the regulatory system.

The panchayat complained to the district collector, seeking a thorough probe. June 8th and September 4th, His argument boils down to one single point: 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.

INSIDE STORY: How endosulfan poisoned Kasargod

Further, plantations in the Perla Division which included Enmakaje panchayat should observe five years of pesticide holiday. Endosulfan Meeting Endosulcan This muddies the waters.

Inwhen the Stockholm Convention classified endosulfan as a persistent organic pollutant, or POP, things got complicated for India. Supreme Court to hear seeking ban on Monday”. To begin with, it was a pesticide called endrin. Shree Padre saw sense in this. Shree Padre, who keeps in touch with the civil society right across sotry country, began sending emails to anybody who could provide him further information.


Psychiatric problems and suicidal tendencies have also been rising. Keshava Naik, a civil surgeon who has worked in Kasargod for almost 20 years, says that beforethe government was only offering encosulfan for the endosulfan-affected. Why, then, is Kasargod the only place in the world that believes it has been affected by endosulfan?

Tracking decades-long endosulfan tragedy in Kerala

Most o f them have been putting it down to a supernatural curse. They faced one major limitation: The concrete mixing tub was located in a cashew field several meters from one of the district’s water basins, which was not covered properly during the aerial spraying. So many children, so many mothers are suffering. The same health impacts are now being seen in the neighboring Dakshin Kanada district in Karnataka as well. Soumya drags herself across the home’s concrete floor as she is unable to walk.

EPA’s acute reference dose for dietary exposure to endosulfan is 0. On the Government Order citing deformities and the order passed by Kerala, the applicants said there had been no such incidents in Karnataka. The committee recommended a comprehensive and detailed health and epidemiological study in the entire cashew plantation area of Kerala in order to establish a relationship between illnesses in Padre village and endosulfan.

Endosulfan Industry’s Dirty War – A Chronology of events

When seven-year-old Sharanya was born, her parents Rukmini and Chandran were relieved the baby was normal. June 21st and August 27th But absence of proof is not proof of absence, argues Asheel.


endozulfan The events of Kasargod played a role in this decision, with green groups such as Pesticide Action Network and Thanal campaigning worldwide with horror-inducing pictures. Elderly and coping with physical pain, Shafi’s widowed mother, Aisha, has little opportunity to rest; staying awake most nights to comfort her insomniac son. From PCK started regular spraying of Endosulfan two to three times a year.

Endosulfan Industry’s Dirty War – A Chronology of events

Achuthanandan to lead ‘satyagraha ‘ “. Aerial spraying of endosulfan began sometime aroundsay Padre residents.

We are yet to understand the magnitude of the problem,” says Shree Padre. Only then can it be said that endosulfan causes cancer in rats.

Share Tweet Share Share Share. With regard to consumers’ intake of endosulfan from residues on food, the Food and Agriculture Organization of United Nations has concluded that long-term exposure from food is unlikely to present a public health concern, but short-term exposure can exceed acute reference doses.

He recalls that when the cashew crops were treated with endosulfan, farmers collected an average of kilos per day.

CSE sends a legal response to the CCFI notice June 8th stating that the study was in public interest and in public domain and there was no case of defamation.