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Friday, 30 August 2013

Developing nations urged to follow EU in banning toxic pesticide

The UN Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) has urged governments in developing countries to ban a toxic pesticide – already outlawed in the European Union – linked to the deaths of more than 20 children in India in the month of July alone.
The UN Food and Agriculture Organization, or FAO, said in a statement on Tuesday (30 July) that the monocrotophos insecticide detected in food at an Indian school “very often poses a serious risk to human health and the environment.”
At least 23 children died on 17 July after eating school lunches cooked with oil with traces of the pesticide, investigators said.
The World Health Organization has urged India to ban the sale of monocrotophos insecticide, citing risks to human health and wildlife and their use by impoverished farmers as a poison to commit suicide.
In less developed countries, poor application of fertilisers and pesticides are seen as a culprit in damaging soil quality and groundwater supplies, as well as causing sickness in farmers who do not wear protective gear.
The monocrotophos organophosphorus pesticide linked to the school childrens’ deaths in Bihar, India, is banned in the EU, United States and other nations. But they are still widely available in India.

Source: EurActiv