WEBINAR ‘Glufosinate ammonium in India: Impact on Work and Health of Women agriculturists’
PAN India jointly with National Alliance of Agriculture Allied Workers Union (NAAWU) is organising a webinar to discuss implications of glufosinate usage in India on women and their wellbeing in India. A new report titled ‘Glufosinate Ammonium an Overview’ will be released in the webinar.
Date: 24th December 2022
Time : 3pm – 5pm IST
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Glufosinate ammonium is being used as broad-spectrum post emergence herbicide globally, and the use is expected to increase due to the development of herbicide tolerant crops. While, it is registered and approved for use in India, for weed control in tea and cotton crops, wide spread non approved use was reported in an ICAR study. Since glufosinate irreversibly inhibits glutamine synthetase, leading to intracellular accumulation of ammonia, hyperammonemia is considered one of the main mechanisms of glufosinate ammonium toxicity in humans. It is highly hazardous herbicide, owing to the fact that it can cause reproductive toxicity, neurotoxicity, and cardiovascular effects. It is also capable of causing damages to developing foetuses. Studies reports premature birth and intra uterine death and abortions in experimental animals, and human brain toxicity; pointing to high risk to mammals. Children, impacted by reproductive toxicity, will be the lifelong burden of mothers. Infertility caused by reproductive toxicity castigates wives, than husbands, in rural India.
Glufosinate is used to control weeds on crops that are resistant to it in several countries. In India, women labour livelihoods are heavily dependent on work to deweed agricultural fields. Their access to work is severely affected by increased usage of chemicals like Glufosinate. Introduction of glufosinate resistant crops, such as GM Mustard, in India, will pave way for its wider use, as it tends to increase dependency on this herbicide. Higher and continuous exposure to chemicals like glufosinate can lead to adverse consequences for women in rural India, in the form of income loss, livelihood displacement, burden of deformed children and on their physical abilities.
This webinar is organised to discuss implications of glufosinate usage in India on women and their wellbeing in India.
Dr. Narasimha Reddy
Dr. Sudha Chepyala
Ms. Roshni Sathyan
Ms. Heera Kurian
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PAN India will release its latest report Glufosinate Ammonium an Overview in the webinar
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