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Endosulfan Banned Globally

The 150 countries meeting in Geneva at the Stockholm Convention have just banned the pesticide endosulfan.

The decision will see endosulfan listed on Annex A of the Stockholm Convention for Persistent Organic Pollutants, for elimination. Some exemptions for specific crop pest combinations requested by Uganda, India China will be permitted for 5 years with one renewal allowed.

“We are delighted with this decision as it means agricultural workers, indigenous peoples and communities across the globe will finally be protected from this poisonous pollutant.

The UN’s own scientific body has clearly shown that endosulfan is a POP, despite the recent vocal claims by some. Endosulfan contaminates the Arctic food chain and Antarctic krill, poisons our farmers, pollutes our breastmilk and contaminates our environment.

It was clearly time for endosulfan to go and it now joins the old POPs pesticides, dieldrin and heptachlor, banned once and for all.” said Dr Mariann Lloyd-Smith from Geneva.

Work is to begin by the POPs Review Committee to ensure the effective alternatives are available for countries making the transition to an endosulfan free world.

Dr Mariann Lloyd-Smith PhD (Law) is CoChair, International POPs Elimination Network, Senior Advisor, National Toxics Network Inc.
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2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. max

    April 30, 2011 at 10:41 pm

    Endosulfans banned globally but the residue will linger on. Another must have and must use chemical has been banned, but what else is out there. The South Esk supplies a lot of drinking water to Launceston and surrounding areas and it has the biggest drainage system of any river in Tasmania. Any thing sprayed on plantations and farms in this drainage system can end up in Launceston’s drinking water. Anything poured down drains or toilets in all the towns that use this system as a drain also end up in Launceston’s drinking water. Just how safe is this water?

  2. john Hayward

    April 30, 2011 at 10:22 pm

    Don’t give up on Endo yet.

    Those listening to ABC RN’s Bush Telegraph last Wednesday would have heard a senior Australian agricultural academic arguing that the stuff is pretty harmless. In the style of Tasmanian health officials, he stressed that the concentrations found in Antarctic krill were really little, without mentioning that long-term exposures have never been tested by the manufacturers delegated to monitor them.

    Both the major parties would likewise again be scrambling to support the manufacturer.

    If only the environment had such staunch, well-funded supporters.

    John Hayward

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