Webinar on 'Elimination of the Uncultivated Greens: Glyphosate Usage in India'
Invitation| 12th October 2020
A Pesticide Action Network (PAN) India free webinar
October 16th | 11:00 am India Standard Time
Modern development has juxtaposed the existence of nature, between wanted and unwanted, cultivated and uncultivated. Glyphosate has become a tool to settle this. But it did not become a tool straightaway. It came riding on the back of illegal HT Bt cotton seeds. Glyphosate has become a combination product with herbicide-tolerant seeds. This mutually dependent, non-exclusive use has made this product a money-spinner for the industry. This herbicide’s impact has been suppressed in the country of its origin, i.e, US, and never assessed completely in other countries.
Glyphosate is one agrochemical that has been the focus of discussions and policy discourse worldwide, for a variety of reasons. But not much is known about it in India. Documented information is very low.
A PAN International monographon glyphosate shows numerous research studies pointing to chronic toxic effects of glyphosate other than cancer, such as reproductive and developmental toxicity, neurotoxicity and immunotoxicity. Signs and symptoms of exposure include irritation, swelling, tingling, itching or burning of the skin, photo-contact dermatitis, recurrent eczema, blisters, rashes; numbness in the face, swelling of the eye and lid, face, and joints; conjunctivitis, painful eyes, corneal injury, burning eyes, blurred vision, weeping eyes; oral and nasal discomfort, unpleasant taste, tingling and irritation of throat, sore throat; difficulty breathing, cough, coughing of blood, inflammation of lungs; nausea, vomiting, headache, fever, diarrhoea, weakness; rapid heartbeat, palpitations, raised blood pressure, dizziness, chest pains. Numerous occupational exposures and self poisoning with death have been reported for glyphosate.
Release of PAN India report 'State of Glyphosate Use in India'
Studies in India are rare to find. PAN India undertook a small study, basically to map the issues related to its usage in the agricultural fields. The report titled ‘State of Glyphosate use in India’ presents the fact that glyphosate is used for at least 20 non-approved crops with 16 of them in food crops, while it was approved for weed control in tea plantation and non cropped area accompanying tea crop. Thus glyphosate use is happening in India violating the national regulations as well as the International Code of Conduct on Pesticides Management.
It is becoming apparent that in general pesticide use, particularly herbicides, throughout India, has intensified both in small-scale farms as well as small and large commercialized productions in irrigated systems. Interestingly, Glyphosate usage spread faster, wider and deeper, in the last 5 to 6 years. Currently, Glyphosate stands at second position in production and consumption among herbicides in India. This was achieved despite regulatory restrictions. Glyphosate formulations are registered to be used only in tea plantation crop and non-plantation area accompanying the tea crop.
An Indian Council of Agricultural Research’s report reveals that two formulations of glyphosate, 41% SL and 71% SG are widely used in at least 22 Indian states for several food crops (cereals, pulses, vegetables, fruits, and spices) and non-food crops, which are not the uses approved by the Central Insecticides Board and Registration Committee.
At least six state governments had attempted stringent regulation and/or a temporary ban of glyphosate-based herbicides in their jurisdiction in the past years over concerns of health and environmental issues. In July 2020, government of India notified a draft order ‘Restriction on use of Glyphosate Order, 2020’.
To discuss all this and more, a webinar is organized to create awareness on actual use scenario of glyphosate in India.
Platform: Zoom, Participation Through Registration
Date: 16thOctober 2020
Time: 11.00 AM IST
Moderated by: Dr. Narasimha Reddy, Honorary Director PAN India
- Mr. Dileep Kumar A. D. (Assistant Director, PAN India)
- Ms. Eka Widayat (Regional Education Officer, IUF Asia/Pacific)
- Ms. Meena Menon (Freelance Journalist, and Former Bureau Chief, The Hindu)
- Ms. Sarojeni Rengam (Executive Director, PAN Asia Pacific)
- Dr. Dr. Ashwani Mahajan, (National Co-Convener of Swadeshi Jagaran Manch
Other experts will also join for discussion
For further information, contact: info@pan-India.org
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