LMIPPE February 2002
If what is chronicled in the Silent Spring could shock the world awake off the suicidal path that pesticide use would lead humanity to, then here in these villages one can see the most horrid reality of Rachel Carson’s fears come true.
Today villages in Kasaragod District are complaining from peculiar and complex variety of diseases unprecedented in this part of the country. All these villages lie in the mid-lands and laterite hill area of Kasaragod District, the northernmost district of the Kerala State. None of these diseases were known to the people of the area about two decades ago. These diseases are uniform in nature in almost all these villages and there seems to be no section of the people who have been spared from being affected. The peculiar set of diseases has affected atleast 15 panchayaths in the District.
The aerial spraying of endosulfan – a highly toxic pesticide is being blamed as the cause for these
organochlorine diseases. The
Government of Kerala undertaking, in the which lies in or borders these panchayaths.
cashew plantations The PCK has been
undertaking the aerial spraying ritually their 4600 ha of cashew plantations.
Incidence of increased number of children born with congenital anomalies, mental retardation, physical deformities, cerebral palsy and mental ailments like epilepsy are reported from many families
across panchayaths. and magazines were
Many reports in showing children
all the prominent dailies with congenital physical
deformities, stunted growth, mental palsy. Cases with hydrocephalus was
retardation and cerebral also reported. Psychiatric
problems are also on the increase succumbing to suicidal tendencies
many young and old are apparently no reasons as
such. Doctors have recorded many cases the liver and blood. Informal survey’s have
of cancer, especially of also revealed increased
and intestinal of women.
cancer. Cancer among men is Men are also suffering from
infertility and undescended testis.
hormonal and more
people are falling ill to rheumatic complaints. common. Parkinson’s Disease is also Endometriosis, a serious illness affecting the
Paralysis is very being reported. uterus has been
diagnosed and is causing serious concern. suffered for long periods without knowing the
real cause for
ailments and have died.
Many complain of Skin
Leucoderma and other forms of dermatitis. Very pathetic cases were also found where a chronically affected person was