Endosulfan To Be Banned In The U.S.

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.

 

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53 comments

Georgette L.
Georgette L.6 years ago

Hi, it is not enough to ban this insecticide / acaricide but it is important to take action against the factories who produce such dangerous and harmful for human and animals











Jodie S.
Les F.6 years ago

Banning this pesticide means nothing!!!! The stores will still sell it, people will still use it and NO ONE will enforce the law!!!!

Jennifer Blan
Jennifer M.6 years ago

Good news. Now if we could ban all pesticides...

Meena A.
Meena A.6 years ago

Awareness amongst the people is the first step before corrective steps can be taken. A good cause that must be promoted to ensure a healthy future

Rhonda Lawford
Rhonda lawford6 years ago

excellent to hear and i agree, thanx to all that helped.

Alicia V.
Alicia V.6 years ago

Thanks so much for this.

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.6 years ago

G O D B L E S S EVERYONE WHO PROTESTED !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Danielle T.
Danielle T.6 years ago

hi all, I am a horticultural technician in Victoria Australia and have been a pest/vermin control technician in the past using some s7 poisons. Although i have never used endosulfan as such i do understand the necessity of strict controls for its use.
In Australia there is strict training for all farm chemical and agricultural chemical use.
The use of this chemical is quite minimal in Australia at present and has been reduced over the past several years.
Until another control can be developed for this chemical use i can only assume it will be used still here in Australia.

Maria del Carme C.

How can we manage to have this chemical banned in Mexico?

Sylvia B.
Sylvia B.6 years ago

How wonderfully refreshing it is to get to hear good news. I'm extremely happy to know that we are headed in the right direction and that in can only get better.