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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You have to consider the circumstantial evidence. Same issues were raised once again by the pesticide lobby.
The committee concluded that high levels of endosulfan residues in the blood samples of school children in enosulfan around the PCK plantations showed long term exposure to the pesticide.
Overall, this will lead to its elimination from the global markets. He blames natural causes for the ailments people have been suffering.
An operation to replace the bone has failed to improve her walking ability, and a lack of finance has prevented her from receiving follow-up physiotherapy. Sujatha has no opportunity to marry and live a normal life, as she is completely dependent on her mother.
INSIDE STORY: How endosulfan poisoned Kasargod – News
His motive was obviously not to help them. Endosulfan is subject to long-range atmospheric transporti. Relative to the control group, the exposed boys had high levels of endosulfan in their bodies, lower levels of testosteroneand delays in reaching sexual maturity.
So everyone in Kasargod must have fallen sick due to endosulfan. Insecticide sprays were taken up to counter the tea mosquito, a major pest that affects yields. He probably wanted more signed statements. India is one of the countries opposing the global ban, thanks to a very strong pesticide lobby in the country.
Chief Justice Sarosh Homi Kapadia of the Supreme Court imposed an eight-week national blanket ban, demanding an expert committee — formed by the Indian Council of Medical Research and agriculture commissioner — submit a conclusive study to determine the toxicity of syory before it can be lifted.
Subscribe to Weekly Newsletter:. This means that each time a study is carried ehdosulfan, it should yield the same result—in this case, that endosulfan causes tumors.
In his statement Mr. The Indian and global media began overdosing on the horror of the tragedy, implicating endosulfan in a shockingly wide range of diseases—from mental retardation to hydrocephalus, a disease which causes the head to swell to the size of a large watermelon.
The Magistrate observed that the report was misunderstood as offending. Dr Kumar attributes the alarming number of chronic conditions within the local population to be keral linked with the geography of Padre village, which is nestled in a bowl-shaped valley and surrounded by hills covered in cashew plantations. The committee was to conduct a study on ‘Environmental effects of aerial spraying on cashew plantations in Kasaragod’.
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Leelakumari Amma battled the plantation endosulfsn to the high court in and played a key role in having endosulfan banned in Kerala. So many children, so many mothers are suffering.
High rates of locomotor disability and mental retardation were found in the Enmakaje panchayat as compared to the rate in Kerala according to a state level household health survey conducted by KSSP in Medicine was also received from a local government hospital for four months, but the home delivery service was suddenly stopped without an explanation. This was in background of the Pesticide Manufacturers and Formulators Association sory India PMFAI moving the Kerala High Court seeking to quash the state government order of August 25, to suspend the use of endosulfan in the state and the High Court bench deciding that the government should take cognizance of the Achuthan committee report and take a decision based on section 27 of the Insecticides Act.
Aerial spraying was carried out.
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The farm labourers live within the orchards or in colonies close by. My chat with Jayakrishnan T, one of the authors of the CMC study, ends halfway when he says he is only answerable to epidemiologists.
The SC bench headed by Chief Justice J S Khehar also asked the state to consider setting up a medical facility to provide treatment to victims. The Plantation Corporation of Kerala PCKrun by the state government, has its cashew plantations on the upper reaches of these hills.
Keshava Naik, a civil surgeon who has worked in Kasargod for almost 20 years, says that beforethe government was only offering treatment for the endosulfan-affected.
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. How endosulfan poisoned Kasargod Last updated on: Such a study cannot conclude that endosulfan is a carcinogen, because the people being studied are also exposed to several other pesticides.
The committee was chaired by Dr A Achyuthan. AgrowOct 22, She also received anonymous derogatory letters and death threats. He said ” This is the first human study to ever measure the effects of endosulfan on the male reproductive system. They even went to the extent of sending fake cases. When rumours about endosulfan emerged in the s, Sreekumar began investigating if they were correct.
The brainstorming session concluded that aerial spraying in the state be stopped since safety measures could not be followed, recommended in depth health studies along with studies on water pollution, heavy metal contamination and natural radioactivity. Just as he reaches her, the rest of the family rushes in and sees the scene. Bala Kurup would have none of it. But absence of proof is not proof of absence, argues Asheel. It was evident that PCK did not follow protective precautions for the workers, the public in the surrounding areas and the water sources during spraying.