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.