Carbofuran, Short-chain chlorinated paraffins, Tributyltin compounds and Trichlorfon were recently added to the blacklisted substances, described as most hazardous to human health and environment.

Stockholm convention approves non-chemical as well as chemical alternatives

The Conference of Parties to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants, meeting in Geneva, approved non-chemical as well as chemical alternatives to endosulfan on Thursday. The non-chemical alternatives were proposed in a significant departure from past practice. The evaluation of non-chemical alternatives, as accepted by the conference, consists of an ecosystem-based approach to pest management as well as technical interventions.

POP review panel recommendation before next CoP

The eighth meeting of the Persistent Organic Pollutants (POP) Review Committee to the Stockholm Convention on Persistent Organic Pollutants which concluded in Geneva on Friday approved the assessment of 100 chemical alternatives to endosulfan on Thursday. In a significant departure from past practice, the committee also recommended non-chemical alternatives (to endosulfan).

Modern agriculture practices have been great promise for economic development of nation. Farm productivity is directly proportional to use of agrochemicals as observed from the first green revolution. Improper and unsafe use of these agrochemicals, especially pesticides is not only harmful to environment but also human health. Pesticides cause 14 per cent of all known occupational injuries in agriculture and 10 per cent of all fatal injuries.

In Uddanam in Srikakulam district, an estimated 10,000 people have died in the last seven years of just one ailment

IN A reprieve to the soft drink major, Pepsico India, the Supreme Court on Thursday set aside the criminal prosecution cases against the company and its directors for the presence of pesticide carbofuran in its soft drinks.

EPA sued over endosulfan, bans carbofuran in the last week of July, a coalition of civil society groups filed a lawsuit against the us Environmental Protection Agency (epa) seeking to stop the use of endosulfan. Endosulfan is an organochlorin, part of the same family of chemicals as ddt, which the epa banned in 1972. Crops commonly treated with endosulfan include cotton, tomatoes,

The study deals with the compatibility of P. fluorescens in combination with soil application of carbofuran and neem seed powder against M. incognita.

A pot experiment was conducted to study the toxic effect of nematicides: carbofuran, carbosulfan alone and their combination on soil microbial population and soil respiration with cotton as a test crop. The total bacterial population and free living diazotrophs population was reduced initially by nematicides application.

Fifty samples of honey collected from local markets of Portugal and Spain during year 2002 were analyzed for 42 organochlorine, carbamate, and organophosphorus pesticide residues.