Read about our view on the recent ban of 18 pesticides in India

On August 8, the Indian government took action to ban 18 highly dangerous (‘hazardous’) pesticides from use in the country. Twelve of these pesticides were banned from that date; six others will be phased out over the next two years. The decision follows a long process of deliberation that included the 2015 Anupam Verma committee report (which recommended this approach), public litigation case by activists to speed government action and a Supreme Court case. This is a significant step that will have long-term benefits. As the recent decision comes into force, it will be important to study its impact on agriculture, environment and the health of the nation.