Monday, June 8, 2009

Time to end Endosulfan

There aren't many pesticides as nasty as endosulfan still on the market. Endosulfan is a highly-toxic insecticide from a family of chemicals called organochlorines. If that term sounds familiar, you might recognize some of the other now-banned cousins from this group of highly-persistent pesticides: DDT, chlordane, aldrin and heptachlor.

Endosulfan has been blamed for severe poisonings and even deaths among farmers and farm workers, not to mention reproductive damage and birth defects. So why are we still using this stuff?

EPA is re-thinking its continued registration of endosulfan, and has recently re-opened a 60-day public comment period on the antiquated chemical. Take a minute to sign the United Farm Workers' petition to EPA administrator Lisa Jackson asking her to ensure that this dangerous pesticide is finally removed from the US market.

In North Carolina, endosulfan is still used on some vegetable crops, though there are myriad alternatives available. The National Agricultural Statistics Service reported that in 2007 endosulfan was applied to about 22% of tomato fields in our state - putting both farm workers and consumers at unacceptable risk of exposure. Because endosulfan is so persistent in the environment, traveling long distances and bioaccumulating in the food chain, it has been banned in more than 60 countries.

It's long since time the U.S. joined their ranks. To sign the petition, click here.


Dr. S. Banerji said...

Endosulfan can be used safely and judiciously. It has a favorable profiles for pollinators, predators, and parasites. All pesticides can cause serious and even fatal accidents if abused. However, off-target residues can be metabolized rapidly by any alkali or by a consortium of microbes. Endosulfan is economical and versatile. Its use should continue.

Truth dissipater said...

Endosulfan is a widely usedf insecticide and is one of the best effective insecticide till date with little resistance by insects.

Everything that is misuse is not safe. Even if you eat food heavily people end up obesed so it is not the producrts that is to be banned but the way it to be used.

Endosulfan is also widely used in almost all agriculturally active countries in the globe.

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