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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Sreedevi, his mother, had already miscarried two previous pregnancies and her first child died within 10 days from the same congenital genetic condition.

Thanal based its results on concluded studies and survey done by itself to analyse the health impacts. Doctors believed Abhilash would not survive and his parents were warned that conceiving another child would only lead endosulafn the same heartache: A panorama of rolling hills distinguishes the landscape of Kasargod, a northern district of Kerala.

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.

Endosulfn ocal cashew farmer Ashraf disagrees that endosulfan is hazardous to human life, citing his own health as an example. Archived from the original PDF on October 4, But this is merely a reconstruction. Civil society groups from Kerala approach the Centre for Science and Environment CSE in late to conduct study in Padre village and determine the impact on health caused due to aerial spraying of endosulfan in the plantation area.


In JanuaryThe Guardian ran an article saying half the homes in the village of Kattuka Kattukukke misspelt in Kasargod had a disabled person—a gross exaggeration. They even went to the extent of sending fake cases.

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endosukfan On the Government Order citing deformities and the order passed by Kerala, the applicants said there had been no such incidents in Karnataka.

The question is no longer whether India should ban endosulfan. Surprisingly, almost all the ailments are restricted to people under 25 years of age,” the doctor points out. It instead relied completely on the FIPPAT report, that had found no residues in any of the human samples, cow’s milk or water samples.

But after the Union ministry of agriculture nod to ban endosulfan inthe manufacturers changed their game plan.

S umitra and her husband Ganeshrao, a plantation corporation worker, thought they had ensosulfan cursed by the Serpent God Jataadhari and spent over Rs 2 enrosulfan on religious rituals performed at a temple. Endosulfan has been used in agriculture around the world to control insect pests including whitefliesaphidsleafhoppersColorado potato beetles and cabbage worms. Sreeja is a fulltime carer, bound to her single roomed home, while her husband keeps the family afloat with menial labour; earning only Rs per day.

In Karadka village, Abhilash Bhat — a year-old boy — rolls around with difficulty on a floor mat at home.

Tracking decades-long endosulfan tragedy in Kerala

They also harassed Sunita Narain by picketing in front of her house. Kerala HC bans endosulfan, final decision awaited September 4th Palakkad district has nearly 4, hectares ha of mango orchards along the Nelliampathy hills. Her six-year-old daughter Chaithany suffers from enddosulfan severe neurological disorder and is unable to control her limbs or communicate.


Vibhavari Dave, local leader keraa Member of Legislative Assembly MLAfrom Bhavnagar, Gujaratvoiced her concerns on the impact of ban of endosulfan on families and workers of Bhavnagar. Shree Padre was also there. Although classified as a yellow label highly toxic pesticide by the Central Insecticides Board, India is one of the largest producers [62] and the largest consumer of endosulfan in the world.

The petition states that CSE among other accused created, printed, published and circulated a defamatory study report on Endosulfan with malafide and criminal objective. He asked Shetty to give a written statement that endosulfan spraying had nothing to do with his son’s illness. After Rahina was born, they gave up on the prospect of a larger family for fear of conceiving another child with the same genetic disorder.

AgrowOct 22, He exchanged notes with Mohana Kumar about the episode. It is called kerla mango city.

After obtaining the statement, the pck official went to the doctor to ask for the addresses of other patients in his list. Although the sample size is somewhat limited, the results are quite compelling. Subscribe to Weekly Newsletter:. This was because other pollutants like srory and industries were absent and aerial spraying was the only activity. How endosulfan poisoned Kasargod.