Support global ban on Endosulfan

published on April 23, 2011

Endosulfan is an organochlorine compound that is used as an insecticide and acaricide. This colourless solid has emerged as a highly controversial agrichemical due to its acute toxicity, potential for bioaccumulation, and role as an endocrine disruptor. Banned in more than 63 countries, including the European Union, Australia and New Zealand, and other Asian and West African nations,and soon in the United States, it is still used extensively in many other countries including India and Brazil. It is produced by Bayer CropScience, Makhteshim Agan, and Government-of-India–owned Hindustan Insecticides Limited among others. Because of its threats to the environment, a global ban on the use and manufacture of endosulfan is being considered under the Stockholm Convention.

To:  The Minister of Environment & Forests (Government Of India) ,Paryavaran Bhavan,CGO Complex, Lodi Road,New Delhi 110 003

Sir,

We the undersigned are very much concerned about continued Endosulfan use in India. Despite being a poison and having caused many human sufferings and irreparable ecological damage this chemical is still sold and used in our country.Endosulfan which has been banned across 74 countries in all the continents after elaborate studies.In our own country Kerala and Karnataka have banned this chemical after finding health and environment damages.

We, the undersigned are demanding our government to bring a nation wide ban on Endosulfan. Also,we would like the Ministry of Environment & Forests to support the International Ban on Endosulfan in the upcoming Stockholm Convention. This would phase out the chemical globally.UNEP science panel Persistent Organic Pollutant Review Committee after three year deliberations finally recomended the pesticide Endosulfan for global ban and listing in Annex A of the Stockholm Convention.We feel your ministry will not succumb to the pressure of corporate lobby,as the chemical corporations are much worried about their profit than the safety of farm workers and consumers.Also, we as responsible citizens would be keenly watching the stand and proceedings both nationally and internationally till this toxic is phased out.

Sincerely,
The Undersigned

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