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Govt bars Dow unit from selling 4 pesticides

http://www.hindustantimes.com/India-news/NewDelhi/Govt-bars-Dow-unit-from-selling-4-pesticides/Article1-768367.aspx Aloke Tikku, Hindustan Times The Centre has cancelled registration certificates of four pesticides granted to Dow AgroSciences, an Indian subsidiary of the Dow Chemical Company, on allegations that it had paid bribes to get the certificates. In 2007, the US Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) accused Dow AgroSciences India Pvt Ltd — a fifth tier Dow Chemical Company — of making “improper payments” to Indian government officials for the registration under the Insecticides Act. The “improper payments” were estimated at $200,000 (Rs 87.8 lakh) between 1996-2001. Without admitting or denying the allegations before the SEC, Dow Chemical Company in 2007 consented to pay a $325,000 (R142 lakh) civil penalty. […]

International phase out of endosulfan to begin next October

The international phase-out of endosulfan with certain exemptions under the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants will come into effect by the end of October next year. The Secretary-General of the United Nations, acting in his capacity as depositary, has issued notification on October 27 asking parties to the Convention to notify the depository if they are unable to accept the decision of the Conference of Parties (CoP) in April listing endosulfan and its related isomers for elimination with specific exemptions. The notification has been published in the United Nations Treaty Collection on the Internet. The CoP decision will enter into force for all parties, except those who have notified […]

Corporate Crimes In the Cereal Aisle: How Companies Are Fooling You Into Thinking Their Products Are Healthy

Here’s the tricks that big breakfast barons use to fool you into believing their products are pesticide and GMO-free. October 26, 2011  | Download the report A trip to the supermarket is an adventure into a tempting and treacherous jungle. The insatiable hunger for a ready-made breakfast that nourishes our bodies and our social conscience has made our morning bowls of cereal a hiding place for corporate charlatans. A new report, Cereal Crimes, by the Cornucopia Institute discloses the toxic truth about “natural” products and unmasks corporate faces like Kellogg’s hiding behind supposedly “family-run” businesses such as Kashi. When these breakfast barons forage for profit, we eaters are the prey. But what are the laws […]

Pesticide (Endosulfan) Levels in the Bone Marrow of Children with Hematological Malignancies

Indian Pediatr. 2011 Jul 30. pii: S09747559INPE1000071-1. [Epub ahead of print] Pesticide (Endosulfan) Levels in the Bone Marrow of Children with Hematological Malignancies. http://www.indianpediatrics.net/RP300511/RP-71.pdf Rau A, Coutinho A, Avabratha KS, Rau AR, Warrier RP. Source Department of Pediatrics, MS Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore; * Department of Pediatrics, Kasturba Medical College, Mangalore; ** Department of Pediatrics, Fr Muller Medical College, Mangalore; Department of Pathology,M S Ramaiah Medical College, Bangalore; +Vice Chancellor, Manipal University, Manipal; Karnataka, India. Correspondence to: Dr (Lt. Col) ATK Rau, Pediatric Hematologist-oncologist, Professor and Head, Department of Pediatrics, M.S. Ramaiah Medical College Bangalore 560 054, Karnataka, India. atkrau@gmail.com. Abstract OBJECTIVES: (1) To confirm the presence and estimate the […]

Study links pollutants to a 450 percent increase in risk of birth defects

http://junksciencecom.files.wordpress.com/2011/07/pnas-pops.pdf download the article Contact: Richard Finnell rfinnell@austin.utexas.edu 512-495-3001 University of Texas at Austin Many other congenital conditions, including autism, may one day prove to be related to environmental pollutants AUSTIN, Texas — Pesticides and pollutants are related to an alarming 450 percent increase in the risk of spina bifida and anencephaly in rural China, according to scientists at The University of Texas at Austin and Peking University. Two of the pesticides found in high concentrations in the placentas of affected newborns and stillborn fetuses were endosulfan and lindane. Endosulfan is only now being phased out in the United States for treatment of cotton, potatoes, tomatoes and apples. Lindane was […]

Agriculture Ministry To Ban Import Of Syngenta Pesticide

October 17, 2011, BUSINESS STANDARD http://business-standard.com/india/news/agriculture-ministry-to-ban-importsyngenta-pesticide/452801/ The agriculture ministry will ask the Indian arm of Swiss agrochemical giant Syngenta to stop import and marketing of its flagship insecticide Emamectin Benzoate in India soon. The ministry’s decision, once notified, will put curtains down on a four-year old tussle the company had been waging against the ministry after the latter framed charges against Syngenta for importing two consignments of the insecticide without valid approval from the registration committee of the Agriculture Ministry in 2007. Syngenta had near monopoly on the sale of ‘Emamectin Benzoate 5%’ until domestic competitors began to sell low-cost versions of the product in the market in recent years. […]

More than 50 peacocks died in Orissa after consuming pesticides

http://www.orissadiary.com/CurrentNews.asp?id=29574 Wednesday, October 05, 2011 Report by Ronalisa Parida, Berhampur : More than 50 peacocks hailing Pakidi (a small forest & grazing land) are dead after consuming a poisonous pesticide Atom being used for the improvised quality of cotton crops at Aska town here on Monday. Soon after getting the death reports, The Aska range guards of Ganjam district are conducting the search operations whereas the dead bodies of the Peacocks have been sent to the Aska veterinary hospital for post mortems. Although the correct reasons of the deaths are not yet known, cotton seeds including other food particles are found from the stomachs of the dead bodies by the post […]

Pesticides increase diabetes risk

Download full report New science confirms that exposure to pesticides — especially those classified as persistent organic pollutants (POPs) — can impair the body’s ability to regulate blood sugar, and can also promote obesity. Both these effects in turn increase the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. The recent study, led by Riikka Airaksinen of the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare, measured levels of several POPs in the bodies of about 2,000 older adults. More than 15% of the subjects had type 2 diabetes, and researchers found that those carrying the highest levels of pesticides in their blood were most likely to suffer from the disease. More than 25 million adults […]

Pesticide trap

Author(s): Savvy Soumya Misra Issue: Sep 15, 2011 India extensively uses pesticides banned globally, show RTI responses Illustration: Vaibhav Raghunandan In May when Kerala banned seven highly toxic insecticides so that it switches to safer chemicals, it did not fare better. It ended up replacing them with six others, banned or severely restricted in most parts of the world. For instance, it replaced carbofuran, a pesticide that affects the nervous system and is highly toxic to birds and bees, with quinalphos and carbosulfan, which impact the nervous and endocrine systems (see ‘Kerala’s faulty choice’). Currently 67 such pesticides, banned or restricted abroad, including in the EU and the US, are […]

The Toxic Consequences of the Green Revolution

http://www.usnews.com/news/world/articles/2008/07/07/the-toxic-consequences-of-the-green-revolution In India, farmers find that benefits of pesticides and herbicides may come at a tragically high cost By DANIEL PEPPER JAJJAL VILLAGE, INDIA—Four decades after the so-called Green Revolution enabled this vast nation to feed itself, some farmers are turning their backs on modern agricultural methods—the use of modified seeds, fertilizer, and pesticides—in favor of organicfarming. This is not a matter of producing gourmet food for environmentally attuned consumers but rather something of a life-and-death choice in villages like this one, where the benefits of the Green Revolution have been coupled with unanticipated harmful consequences from chemical pollution. As driving their actions, the new organic farmers cite the rising costs of seed, fertilizer, and […]

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