For 10 years, a doctor struggled to understand it. Why were so many
people - children in particular - in his Kerala village suffering
from disorders of the central nervous system? Cerebral palsy, congenital
anomalies and mental retardation, among other disorders. Then, one
day in December 2000, he asked: Could it be the pesticide endosulfan?
The effects of this toxin on human body are quite similar to the maladies
he was seeing. The Plantation Corporation of Kerala has been spraying
endosulfan for years in its neighbouring cashew plantations. Read
the press releases from CAAM
special report shows that the area residents may have been subsidising
government's cashew production with their lives. CSE got samples from
Kerala analysed at its recently set up Environment Monitoring Laboratory.
The amount of endosulfan was unbelievably high in all the samples.
Blood, milk, water, soil, food. The amount of endosulfan in one woman's
blood is 900 times the limit set for water. CSE released the shocking
results of its laboratory analysis on samples brought from Padre village
of Kerala, where a lot of unusual diseases related to the central
nervous system have been reported, especially among children. See
the full lab report (pdf) (Released February 21, 2001)
the news reports:
villagers suffer serious health effects from governmental company's
pesticides programme (March 2, 2001)
of Endosulfan: Down to Earth Special Report (February 28, 2001)
Poison (February 28, 2001)
laboratory analysis strengthens suspicion that the Kerala pesticide
tragedy is a Government corporation's creation (February 21, 2001)
this report on the Padre endosulfan tragedy and offer your comments.
Killer Diseases strike Kasaragod Village
information on toxicity of endosulphan here are some sources:
For more information contact:
Shree Padre, Journalist,
Post Vaninagar, Via Perla 671552
Kerala State, INDIA
Tel : 91-499-866148 ; 91-8251-47234
Speak to the executives of the PCK and protest the
poisoning of the villagers by their endosulfan apray.
numbers of the Plantation Corporation of Kerala:
Mr. Bala Kurup, Manager of TPCK, Kasaragod. Phone: 91-499-450223.
Headquarters of TPCK: Managing Director's phone: 91-481-578301
a letter to your elected representatives urging them to take steps
to promote safer alternatives. Example
of a letter you can send.
interesting ad was recently published by the Pesticide Manufacturers
and Formulators Association of India, in the Times of India
(Bangalore) recently. Although it doesn't say deny that Endosulfan
is the cause, it implies that it is safe for use. See the excerpts
of the ad below, and take action on it by snding
an e-mail to the PMFAI President with your personal objections
to the ad. (We shall provide a letter you can send soon,but
a personal letter will carry more weight)
CLARIFICATION ON ENDOSULFAN
A section of the press had recently carried reports originating
from one particularly village in Kerala about certain health problems
allegedly arising out of aerial application of Endosulfan. This
press release brings a few important facts to light in this connection.
* All pesticides undergo extensive safety testing before they
are registered for commercial use. When used as recommended,
registered pesticides do not pose an adverse impact on the environment
* Endosulfan has been registered for commercial use in over
60 countries including USA, Japan and several European countries.
The scientific findings of WHO/FAO experts and other regulatory
authorities do not suggest that use of Endosulfan causes diverse
health problems as alleged in the media.
This clarification is issued for the benefit of users and general
public and to clarify the incorrect impression created by the
P M F A I
President Pesticide Manufacturers and Formulators Association
B-4, Anand Co-op Hsg Society Ltd, Sitladevi Temple Road, Mahim,
Phone (022) 437 5279
Fax (022) 437 6856