Thanks to the EPA’s announcement earlier this month to terminate all uses of endosulfan, the United States is one giant step closer to the ban of all uses of endosulfan — preventing several health defects caused by the pesticide. The United States is following in other countries footsteps, as the 60th country to take action against the pesticide endosulfan.
While opponents of the ban argue that the chemical is useful for those farmers who cannot afford a cheaper substitute, this argument is not enough reason to continue the use of this pesticide. Lawsuits and petitions sparked attention for this cause — revealing the true risks of the pesticide. The results were not pretty.
Endosulfan — used on fruits, vegetables, cotton and other plants – evaporates from warm areas of the planet and drops to the earth in cold areas. Traces have been found in the Arctic, Sierra Nevada Lakes and Mount Everest, posing a threat to already endangered animals, in both near and far fields, where the pesticide is sprayed.
As for agricultural workers who may be exposed to the pesticide daily, potential risks range from birth defects to increased chances for autism to exposed fetuses to unconsciousness, and even death, in extreme cases.
The fact of the matter is, the risks imposed upon animals and people far outweigh the limited benefits. And we are very pleased to announce this major step forward. Almost 3,000 Care2 members signed the petition — sponsored by Defenders of Wildlife — to protect the health of animals and people from this deadly pesticide.
Thank you to all who fought for this ban — your dedication is paying off.