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Satyabroto Banerji said in January 2nd, 2009 at 8:44 am

Endosulfan can and should be used safely and judiciously. The toxicological profile has been established almost half a century ago. The use of Endosulfan on turf to manage earthworms can pose no dangers to children and adults who observe re-entry periods. I believe that Endosulfan will be substituted by neonicotinoids on vegetables in New Zealand. This will make the country vulnerable to Colony Collapse Disorder. Time will establish that a ban on Endosulfan cannot be related to breast cancer incidence unless women abuse the chemical.

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Steph said in January 2nd, 2009 at 6:45 pm

Thank you for your comments, Dr. Banerji. However, your argument doesn’t quite fly. I am curious to know how you found my website, and I gave the Internet a good look at your name as a result.

While I agree with your argument over on stewardshipcommunity.com that “pesticides are toxic by their very nature, they need to be handled by skilled people, and with care”, you must also understand that this is not what is happening. Not in all cases are skilled people applying the chemical. Not in all cases is it being applied by skilled people with care. And most certainly citizens are not being properly evacuated or told to stay indoors while the chemical is being applied.

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency posted a notice in August, 2008 asking the public to comment on petitions raised “to Revoke All Tolerances Established for Endosulfan”; in essence, to ban the chemical.

Further, the Agency for Toxic Substances and Disease Registry (ATSDR), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, posted a FAQ way back in 2001 about the dangers that Endosulfan poses to humans, animals and the environment.

A ban has been requested by the National Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) as noted on the EPA website I linked to above, but the list of calls for banning Endosulfan also includes scientists, public health professionals, the United Farm Workers, and the group Earthjustice.

I gather you must have some sort of ‘endosulfan’ news and blog alert activated, which is how you found my website. I see too that this is not the first time you have pasted your argument in favour of Endosulfan to bloggers. In that instance, you ended up giving away your reason for your Endosulfan evangelism, when you wrote that you were, “responsible for aerial spraying of Endosulfan in Ganganagar (Rajasthan, western India)”.
I see you have also come by a fellow Endometriosis blogger back in December, 2008 with similar commentary as you have placed in my blog.

To echo Jeanne in her Endometriosis blog, I have the same thing to say to you as she did. I too live within an area on the map which details where endosulfan is heavily sprayed.

My final word on the topic comes via this news story, which details the November 18, 2008 leak of endosulfan “into the Pirapetinga river, a tributary of Paraíba do Sul River”, which “killed thousands of fish – over 80 tonnes – in Resende and other neighboring cities. The incident also caused the interruption of the water supply for 7 cities in the area. The tragedy was worsened by the fact that it happened during breeding season for many species, some of which are under threat of extinction.”
What followed were detailed pictures showing all the marine animal deaths, and it is noted too that “three years ago the very same company (Servatis) was also responsible for the leak of Dimetutato insecticide”.

Your comments to that news story, as found on the same webpage as the above news story:
“I deeply regret the loss of invaluable marine life as a result of this tragic accident. Contaminated water and soil can quickly be treated chemically and with useful microbes to degrade Endosulfan residues.”

Wow. What a winner you are.

It seems that your previous comments that endosulfan needs “to be handled by skilled people” holds no weight, since Servatis S.A. claims over 50 years of experience “producing fine chemicals and compounds“.

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Jeanne said in January 4th, 2009 at 10:06 am

Steph,

What is interesting and sad to me is how little has changed regarding the pesticide issue since the publishing in 1962 of “Silent Spring” by Rachel Carson, a book credited with “spurring revolutionary changes in government policy toward the environment” and being “instrumental in launching the environmental movement” (quotes taken from back cover of “Silent Spring”).

Jeanne

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Steph said in January 4th, 2009 at 10:54 am

Jeanne,

Thank you so much for the book mention! I had not heard of Rachel Carson or her works until now. I shall get “Silent Spring” immediately, as I have just read all about her and the book on Wikipedia.

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Jeanne said in January 4th, 2009 at 3:26 pm

Steph,

It’s a mind-boggling book, especially considering when it was written…

Jeanne