18 En­do­sul­fan con­spir­acy con­tin­ues

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

In 2001 DownToEarth trav­elled to Ker­ala's Kasar­god dis­trict and found that the high cases of de­for­mi­ties and dis­eases in Padre vil­lage was due to spray­ing of en­do­sul­fan pes­ti­cide on cashew plan­ta­tions ("Chil­dren of en­do­sul­fan", Fe­bru­ary 16-28, 2001). Fol­low­ing a study, the Cen­tre and the state banned spray­ing of en­do­sul­fan, only to lift it within months ("En­do­sul­fan con­spir­acy", July 1-15, 2002). Ker­ala again banned en­do­sul­fan in 2005, but the pes­ti­cide is widely avail­able in neigh­bour­ing states.

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