ICMR opposes endosulfan ban | Deccan Chronicle
In another shock to Kerala, the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) has told the Supreme Court that only 20 of the suspected 50,654 endosulfan victims sampled in the entire country showed dangerous traces of the pesticide.
This constitutes only a negligible 0.04 percent of the suspected victims sampled in the entire country between October 2006 and March 2011.
The report, contrary to Kerala’s expectations, has not favoured a national ban on endosulfan.
Nonetheless, it has favoured the continuance of the ban in Kerala and Karnataka saying that the ‘unscientific’ use of the pesticide had caused problems in some parts of the states.
A nationwide ban, the report said, was not advisable primarily because an alternative to endosulfan was not only costly but also unsafe.