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Pesticides

“Reddy” remedies

Satwant Reddy committee: Report of the committee on the pesticide residue in packaged drinking water and packaged natural mineral water, March 25, 2003 • Setting standards • BIS should have a core group of scientists from various fields to keep track of recent scientific and technical developments in critical areas.

Notified, at last

Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Notification, July 18, 2003 Prevention of Food Adulteration (1st Amendment) Rules, 2003 • Pesticide residues considered individually — not more than 0.0001 mg/litre (The analysis shall be conducted by using Internationally established test methods meeting the residue limits specified herein) • Total pesticide residues — not more than 0.0005 mg/litre (The analysis shall be conducted by using internationally established test methods meeting the residue limits specified herein)

Pesticide-ridden Punjab to begin cancer registration

Issue Date: Jun 15, 2008
faced with increasing scientific evidence of pesticides-induced health disorders, the Punjab government has decided to begin a cancer registry programme. Adding to numerous health studies, two recent reports have revealed the fast-deteriorating public health in the state (See 'Toxic nexus', Down To Earth, December 31, 2007).

Bottled water norms notified

Issue Date: Aug 15, 2003
The Indian government has notified new standards for pesticide residues in bottled water. The notification came on July 18, 2003, bringing the curtains down on a 6-month drama that had turned quite farcical.

We found to our horror

Issue Date: Aug 15, 2003

"Industries are not for the welfare of the consumer"

Issue Date: Mar 31, 2003
On the CSE study on pesticides in bottled water The fact that nobody has confronted the study speaks for itself. It is a case of a non-governmental organisation doing all that is possible within its limitations to highlight an issue of public concern. We see the study as a warning from friendly quarters and accept it as such. There is no point in being arrogant. It is for the government to act now, to take this to its logical conclusion and ensure that the interests of the consumers are protected.

'Farmers will have no choice'

Issue Date: Jan 31, 2003
A new seed policy is on the anvil in Brazil. Why is it controversial?

Sri Lanka's Tree Frogs

Issue Date: Dec 15, 2002
In 1957, Sri Lankan naturalist Parakrama Kirtisinghe published a monograph titled The Amphibia of Sri Lanka. In it, he recorded the presence of 35 species on the island nation. Over the next three and a half decades, with new species being discovered on a fairly regular basis, this number had swollen to a healthy 53.

Lethal link

Issue Date: Mar 15, 2002
What is the general understanding of the term 'pesticides'?

Cotton conundrum

Author(s): Indira Khurana
Issue Date: Dec 15, 2001
THE Union government was fiddling, till the Bt cotton tangle became a burning issue. Even now — having dithered for five years and subjecting it to 400-odd field trials — the authorities have only set a tentative February 2002 deadline to decide on Bt cotton’s fate in India.
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