Sunday, May 25, 2008

Pesticide Colonialism

It is profitable to ban a particular pesticide.

Pests do not obey NGOs and their sponsors.

Another pesticide has to replace the one that is banned.

Can you guess whether whether the replacement pesticide is cheaper than the one banned, or more expensive?

Replacement pesticides are not made by some supernatural force. They are made by companies from Europe. No other continent benefits from pesticide bans more than the European Union. Countries in Europe, such as Switzerland, that have not joined the EU, share the benefits of these bans.

Is it a series of coincidences that the countries with the most cacophony for specific pesticide bans, benefit the most from such ill-advised decisions?

Another puzzling matter: why are poor countries, which lack competent regulators, so amenable to NGOs? Is the FAO asleep?

Endosulfan has been used in India for more than three decades. The number of farmers who effectively and safely use Endosulfan in India every year, exceeds the entire European population.

Aerially sprayed Endosulfan has saved Kutch from a locust swarm in 1978. It has been used similarly to control Earias, Helicoperva, and Bemisia outbreaks in Ganganagar and Vadodara on a number of occasions.

The numbers of people who have benefited from Endosulfan aerial spraying outnumber the tragic cases of those who have been harmed by abuse of pesticides.

Would Europeans stop using cars because they may be involved in fatal accidents on occasion? The world can certainly save more lives by banning the European Union from making sports and large automobiles, than by preventing impoverished farmers from keeping their crops safe at affordable costs.

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