News about pesticide suicides
The death of a farm labourer on January 18 has again put the focus on excessive and unwarranted use of pesticides in Kuttanad region, popularly known as the rice bowl of Kerala.
Use of chemical pesticides in India, including those that are banned in other countries, has been a matter of concern and a raging topic of discussion in the country.
WINDHOEK - In Namibia, 452 people took their own lives in 2017 and this year between April and July, the grim suicide toll was a shocking 131.
Exposure to organophosphates (OPs) increases the risk of reduced IQs, memory and attention deficits, and autism for prenatal children, according to the paper, published in Plos Medicine.
Research shows that the most effective means of reducing suicide deaths by pesticide poisoning is for a country to ban the sale of these highly toxic substances. Yet that research is slow in being translated into practice. So why is this happening?