The 27 toxic pesticide ban in v. imp. for India. It is sad there's scant media coverage about its importance. In this thread, I'll detail y India needs to move towards natural farming and dec. the usage of toxic pesticides:
6-7k farmers die of accidental poisoning every yr (1/n)
12 pest. proposed for this ban r categorised as highly hazardous (HHPs). Many r banned in several countries. Human toxicity doesn't vary across countries and such toxins should b swiftly banned. (2/n)
The Anupam Verma Committee, constituted in 2013, had recommended that the proposed twenty-seven pesticides be reviewed with respect to their toxicity levels and phased out thereafter. Thus, enough time has been granted to industry (3/n)
Numerous studies have shown that shifting to IPM and agro-ecological approaches to crop production saves farmer’s money in terms of input costs while protecting their health & environment & generates premiums for their cleaner agricultural products (4/n)
Rice exports from Punjab bore the brunt of high level of pesticide residues as exports plunged by a third in 2018-19 after failing to meet the stringent chemical residue norms of the EU & USA. Punjab banned 6 of these pesticides 2 years in a row during paddy season. (5/n)
Vidarbha region in Maharashtra is notorious for a large no. of poisoning deaths & the state government has attempted bans on Monocrotophos & Acephate. The Maha high court asked the center to take cognizance of Maha's plea to ban these toxins permanently. (6/n)
For sustainable agriculture & for the safety of rural communities threatened with constant exposure to highly hazardous pesticides, banning is the most effective solution. There are potential significant long-term health, environmental, and economic benefits. (7/n)
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