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LMIPPE February 2002

Preface

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Thanal

We bring this report with mistakes and failures. We and an effort to undo such responsible governance.

good hope. There have been believe that admitting mistakes mistakes are signs of good and

Long back in the late 70’s, the Plantation Corporation of Kerala started aerial spraying of pesticides at cashew plantations in North Keralam. Endrin was not banned and pesticide application was considered harmless in those days.

Persistence of these chemicals and harm caused to the fabric of life, which support all of us, is the concern today. The years following the publication of Silent Spring has changed the world, opened new blind spots and threw light at many ignorant actions. The publication of “Our Stolen Future” by Theo Colborn and others further consolidated the research that has gone into man-induced problems that are affecting our destinies and creating irreversible damages to life.

The Governments and organisations from all over the world reiterated their concern by negotiating and signing the POP’s treaty at the Stockholm Convention in May 2001 which is a

beginning changing.

to

a

new

millenium.

It

showed

the

world

is

But, for the Plantation Corporation of Kerala, the Pesticide manufacturing Industry and their “associated” scientists, the earth is flat. They still believe that pesticides are harmless

and everything is fine. people, Government and

They do not hesitate to lie to the even to the Honorable High Court.

But truth prevails- because it tells what reality is as it is. And the Government of Kerala recognized this. A bureaucratic faux pas had to be corrected and a political decision brought temporary relief. Endosulfan use in Kerala has been temporarily suspended, but the critically affected lives still pull on unnoticed, unaddressed in remote villages

in Kasaragod. The people now breathe a sigh of relief and hopefully waiting for more actions from the Government.

is

This interim report is compiled as the part II of the first report on Long Term Monitoring of The impact of Pesticides on the People and Ecosystem (LMIPPE) at Kasargod. Part I of the report was brought earlier as a dossier on the issue. The last two years were times of learning and we are extremely relieved to find that the scientific works of many are forming the foundation that supports the cause of the people. We also learnt that ordinary people, inspite of their sufferings, inspite of the burden life has given them, can change the future course of mankind for the common good.

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