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Endosulfan: A year of the ban

The industry continues its dirty tricks

The Endosulfan ban will complete a year on May 13.

In 2011, the Supreme Court had passed an interim order banning the sale, production, use and export of endosulfan.

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Supreme Court asks Centre to submit endosulfan disposal plan

Sets deadline of July 23

The Supreme Court has asked the Centre to submit a disposal plan for the raw material used to manufacture endosulfan, Hexachlorocyclopentadiene (HCCP), an organochlorine compound. It is used in several pesticides.

Endosulfan kills fishes in Karala River

endosulfan kills fishesThe West Bengal government on December 31 sanctioned funds of rs 6 crore for the cleaning up of the Karala river flowing through Jalpaiguri in the state. The government swung into action after the Central Inland Fisheries Research Institute confirmed that presence of abnormally high rate of endosulfan in the Karala river that killed thousands of fish belonging to 33 species. This was reported on November 28.

IRRI calls for regulating pesticide use

irriAccording to the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI), certain pesticides should be completely banned from use in rice and governments in Asian countries should improve their pesticides regulations. IRRI is based in Manila, the Philippines.
 

Pesticide Residue levels in EU fall

pesticide residuesPesticide residues found in food in the European Union fell in 2009 compared with 2008, announced EU's food safety agency on November 8. This, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) added was due to the tightening of safety rules and changes in patterns of pesticide use in Europe.

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Removing Pesticides from Fruits and Vegetables

With food prices skyward bound and no reprieve from pesticide residues in fruits and vegetables, fresh fruits and vegetables will soon become a luxury item for those who can afford chemical free and organic products.

A week after the ban

Its been a week since the Supreme Court issued the order for the interim ban on endosulfan. There is no official confirmation on the joint committee yet, when they have to present the interim report within 8 weeks, from May 13, to the Supreme Court. It is after the interim report is submitted will the apex court take a final call on whether the pesticide should be allowed or banned.

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SC bans Endosulfan; Order to be effective till ICMR submits report

The Supreme Court on May 13, banned the manufacture, sale, use and export of endosulfan throughout the country, citing its harmful health effects. The ban would remain effective till the time the joint committee, formed under the aegis of the Indian Council of Medical Research (ICMR) and the Agriculture Commissioner, submits its report to the court about the harmful effect of the widely used pesticide. The report is expected to be filed within eight weeks.

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