Down To Earth takes a look at one of the worst and longest-running pesticide poisoning episodes in India and how it culminated with the Supreme Court. The numbers of people affected by nearly 20 years of aerial spray of Endosulfan, an organochlorine pesticide, in the cashew plantations in Kasaragod, the. Our mission is to get rid of the deadly chemical Endosulfan from India. Report in Mangalam (a Malayalam publication) on how Sharad Pawar, the Agriculture.
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This shocking piece of news was taken up enndosulfan many others who followed it up with proof from a number of studies that were conducted in the region. However two scientists from the Kerala Agricultural University KAU have now come forward questioning the authenticity of some such claims. According to Sreekumar, the Kerala government has spent almost Rs crore for Endosulfan victims till date, excluding the Rs 7.
The state government continues to spend Rs 75 lakh every month for the same. Sreekumar alleges that no tests were conducted by doctors in medical camps to confirm whether the diseases were actually caused due to Endosulfan:.
The list includes some who were born before Endosulfan was sprayed in the cashew plantations of Kasargod, others who were born after it was stopped…. Sreekumar then goes on to refute the findings of sndosulfan Delhi Centre for Science and Environment, saying that it was just not possible to have such high levels of Endosulfan in the blood of all those reportedly tested in this connection.
Even those who commit suicide by drinking Endosulfan will have only ppm of the pesticide in them.
If that is the case, how could a person with ppm ever stay alive for even a day? Pointing out the absence of Endosulfan in water samples in a KAU study, Sreekumar draws attention to another study conducted after one year by the National Institute of Occupational Endoslufan. Blood samples taken from school students show presence of Endosulfan.
He also dismissed a report prepared by the Kozhikode Medical College in that show increased Endosulfan levels. So how does one explain such a drastic increase after a decade?
Sreekumar insists that few columns detailing ground truths were conveniently omitted from the final report submitted to the authorities by the Kozhikode Medical College:. They had however categorized liver-disease, fatigue, infertility, shivering etc as Endosulfan-related illnesses.
No test was conducted to conclude that fatigue and infertility were actually due to Nalayalam. Juxtaposing data garnered from Kasargod and rest of India, Sreekumar reiterates that the district average was not higher than the national average. Cases of cerebral palsy, mental disorders, epilepsy, hydrocephalus, syndromes etc are lower or equal to the national average, he claims:.
Places like Amarambalam in Malappuram, Chembilodu, Mogral Puthoor etc too happen to record a large number of hereditary diseases. But these never make it to the news.
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Another fall-out of the whole matter malayalsm the negative impact on the personal lives of those tagged as Endosulfan-afflicted. Anti-Endosulphan activist Ambalathara Kunjikrishnan however counters all such arguments, by pointing out that Malaayalam works at an Agricultural College, where use of chemicals in farming are taught as part of the syllabus:.
Can he cite any particular study to prove the same? There may be a few fake cases, but he cannot accuse everyone of falsehood. Several studies conducted by individuals as well as institutions since have clearly proved that these diseases are the result of Endosulfan alone. We cannot argue with Census data or numbers.
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Skip to main content. Activists working against Endosulfan have slammed the scientists for working in favour of pharmaceutical companies. Sreekumar alleges that no tests were conducted by doctors in medical camps to confirm whether malayaoam diseases were actually caused due to Endosulfan: Sreekumar insists that few columns detailing ground truths were conveniently omitted from the final report submitted to the authorities by the Kozhikode Medical College: Cases of cerebral palsy, mental disorders, epilepsy, hydrocephalus, syndromes etc are lower or equal to the national average, he claims: Anti-Endosulphan activist Ambalathara Kunjikrishnan however endosulfaan all such arguments, by pointing out that Sreekumar works at an Endosulfaj College, where use of chemicals in farming are taught as part of the syllabus: The News Minute newsletter Sign up to get handpicked news and features sent to your inbox.