LMIPPE February 2002
banning aerial spraying and a freezing of endosulfan use in the cashew plantations in
pesticide holiday for the Perla Division of the plantation while need- based ground spraying with other chemicals can be undertaken in the other areas.
The demand from the PCK and the industry is that they be allowed to continue the use of endosulfan and that the Government do a thorough study of the
reported health problems in Kasaragod and identify the cause of them. At the same time the scientists of the KAU and the NRCC have openly stated their position that it is not fair to blame endosulfan and punish the culprit without scientific evidence. This position is contradictory to the precautionary principle which India is bound to follow as a signatory of the Rio Declaration. The Precautionary principle clearly states that “In order to protect the environment, the precautionary approach shall be widely applied by States according to their capabilities. Where there are threats of serious or irreversible damage, lack of full scientific certainty shall not be used as a reason for postponing cost-effective measures to prevent environmental degradation.” . The Agenda 21 document prepared by the Ministry of Agriculture of the Government of India also outlays a vision to move away from pesticide