LMIPPE February 2002
precautionary principle suspending the use of
and responded to endosulfan in all
the issue by crops in the
They appointed a committee under Dr. Achyuthan
to study the pollution issue and to make recommendations to the Government regarding the steps
to be taken to tackle the issue.
Meanwhile, FIPPAT, a private lab near Chennai was commissioned by the PCK to study the problem. Their report was released in a press conferences by the
Pesticide Manufacturers and Formulators
Association of signals to the
people and have made them unholy liaison between the
all the more clear of the
disowned the FIPPAT shrouded the study informed of the study.
all the secrecy,
Meanwhile, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) took a sue moto case against the Government of Kerala and have ordered the Indian Council of Medical
Research to study the issue and report to understood that their preliminary report has
submitted. This and has called for
report has found some causative detailed studies in the area.
which is in South Karnataka ( a State bordering Kerala) has reported similar health problems. The Karnataka Cashew Development Corporation (KCDC) has large cashew plantations in these areas and they have also been sprayed with endosulfan. Local doctors and panchayaths have also conducted health surveys in these areas and have reported that the condition is as serious as in Kasaragod. The Karnataka Government has also stopped aerial spraying and banned the use of endosulfan
in cashew plantations.
The Dr. Achyuthan
submitted in November 2001, left more suspicions of the industry’s hand play in twisting the arms of the decision makers. While the committee did not do any field study nor health studies it categorically put the blame only on
the PCK and their plant failures as the reason for committee saved the skins
protection and management
the pollution. By of all the scientists
this, the who had
recommended the practices and almost chemical endosulfan (and the pesticide
exonerated the industry) from
being blamed. are reports of adjacent to the attribute these
The committee has concluded that “There health problems from three Panchayath plantations. There is no direct evidence to directly to endosulfan pollution, but there
is no evidence to completely deny it. Other usual like pollution from automobiles and industries are
is not normal is the aerial pesticide is applied without
observing the safety 2 decades. Hence
rules. The same chemical is used at this point of time, there is
to implicate or factor of the
exonerate endosulfan as the health problems”, even while
acknowledging the absence of
that “proof of absence cannot be taken as proof”. The committee has recommended
“There are reports of health problems from three Panchayath adjacent to the plantations. There is no direct evidence to attribute these directly to endosulfan pollution, but there is no evidence to completely deny it. Other usual causes like pollution from automobiles and industries are absent here. The only activity that is not normal is the aerial spraying of endosulfan. The pesticide is applied without observing the safety rules. The same chemical is used for 2 decades.
Hence at this point of time, there is no evidence to implicate or exonerate endosulfan as the causative factor of the health problems”
(Conclusion of the Government appointed committee)