CSE Report: Analysis of Pesticide Residues in blood samples from villages of Punjab.
The Centre for Science and Environment, a non-governmental organisation based in New Delhi, has set up the Pollution Monitoring Laboratory (PML) to monitor environmental pollution. Its main aim is to undertake scientific studies to create public awareness about food, water, air and other environmental contamination. It is equipped with state of art equipments for the monitoring and analysis of air, water, food and other environmental contamination, including High Performance Liquid Chromatograph (HPLC), Gas Chromatograph (GC) with Electron capture detector (ECD), Nitrogen Phosphorus Detector (NPD), Flame ionization detector (FID) and other detectors, UV-VIS Spectrophotometer, Mercury Analyzer, Respirable Dust Sampler etc. It provides scientific services at nominal cost to communities that cannot obtain scientific evidence against polluters in their area. Given the state of scientific research in India --most of it being restricted to national defense and food security -- this is an effort to use science to achieve ecological security.