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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She was a part of the delegation with Bhavnagar MP, Rajendra Singh Rana, which submitted a memorandum to the district collector’s office to withdraw the NIOH report calling for ban of endosulfan.

So many children, so many mothers are suffering. Until recently, endosulfan manufactured in India constitutes 70 per cent of the global market, with its total exports valued at about Rs crore.


Search, rescue, and salvage efforts were suspended when the endosulfan shipment was discovered, and blood samples from divers at the scene were sent to Malaysia for analysis. India opposes the ban on endosulfan. As for the bogus victims, he says his team is learning from the mistakes of the first round. This, too, would get degraded within a month. The highlight of this report is the farmer exposure study based on analysis of their blood reports for residues of endosulfan and the absence of any residues.

But after the Union ministry of agriculture nod to ban endosulfan inthe manufacturers changed their game plan. Meanwhile, a human exposed directly to the spray would get less than 1 per cent of what amounts to a lethal dose of endosulfan, the dose that can cause death.


Bathing him requires the assistance of two people.

Government doctors admit this, saying they experience pressure to include people in the endosulfan- affected list. Residents saw bees, frogs and fish disappear from the area.

Endosulfan Industry’s Dirty War – A Chronology of events

Farmers producing honey to supplement stoyr income have continually opposed aerial spraying. The attacks became vitriolic and what began in continues even today. They also picketed the CSE office for about a month. Mamatha is a confirmed endosulfan poisoning victim.

Preliminary reports on 15 water and soil samples showed that though no endosulfan residues were detected in water, residues were high in soil inside the plantation endosulan low in soil from adjoining areas. Trial spraying of endosulfan began in And CSE agreed to do so as a part of its community support work.

The KAU team recommended an immediate stop on aerial spraying and recommended need based application of insecticide. There is also an epidemic of fear, says Sreekumar. Palakkad district has nearly 4, hectares ha of mango orchards along the Nelliampathy hills. It is still used extensively in India, China, and endosulfna other countries. There exists one study linking paracetamol to a higher incidence of liver cancer.

The Court passed the order while hearing a petition filed by the Democratic Youth Federation of India. At last count, there were over The chemical is semivolatile and persistent to degradation processes in the environment.

Researchers studying children from many villages in Kasargod District, KeralaIndia, have linked endosulfan exposure to delays in sexual maturity among boys. It only means that the system of classifying BPL people needs to be improved. This report gives the rehabilitation progress that has been made till date and the health effects of Endosulfan. The director however said that he neither supported nor contradicted endosulfan’s suspected role in the abnormalities reported from Padre village.


He reported thousands of butterflies, including schedule 1 species, were dying every day in the mango orchards due to excessive use of pesticides, including endosulfan. Her other son, a rickshaw driver, is the principle provider, while her four adult daughters make bidi s to supplement kfrala family’s stretched household income. A shipment of shory 10 tonnes of endosulfan was illegally stowed on the ill-fated MV Princess of the Starsa ferry that sank off the waters of Romblon Sibuyan IslandPhilippines, during a storm in June Employed as an agronomist by the agricultural department of her local panchayat, she observed an abnormal amount of illnesses in the community, which triggered her suspicion of chemical poisoning.

November 30, The Kasaragod Declaration. His father is a farm worker. The district magistrate has initiated steps to curb entry of endosulfan through the border by forming a mobile squad which started work on December 1.

The Times of India”. In the latest ‘ Progress of Rehabilitation of Endosulfan in Kerala ‘ report, Dr Asheel’s compiled data for the ‘Department of Health and Family Welfare of Kerala’ records 4, confirmed endosulfan poisoned victims and over deaths to date. Please click NEXT to read more. The not-for-profit claimed to work for emdosulfan welfare of fndosulfan farmers and promoting the judicious use of pesticides.

The squad, headed by an assistant director of the agriculture department, has met with little success.