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Thailand’s Pesticide Problem

In Research on 28/01/2011 at 3:35 am

From the January 26 paper – the article can be found here on the Bangkok Post website.  Most importantly, the article calls for the banning of  “carbofuran, dicrotophos, methomyl and EPN” and the article continues…”The list of pesticides approved for use is due to expire in August.  The EU recently found prohibited chemicals in imported vegetables including basil, chili, Chinese bitter cucumber and bean. Fears of a possible EU ban on Thai vegetables has prompted the government to order a temporary suspension of shipments.”

We have covered carbofuran extensively in the past.  Dicrotophos is an organophosphate, contact systemic pesticide used on coffee, cotton and rice.  Methomyl is a carbamate, full spectrum insecticide (like carbofuran) that is highly toxic.  EPN is an organophosphate insecticide that is categorized by the World Health Organization as “Extremely Haxardous.”

All 4 chemical pesticides are banned and heavily restricted by countries throughout the world.  Groups like Biothai and the AAN will continue to push for the banning of these chemicals by August of this year.  They pose a serious threat to the ecological and human health in Thailand and pose serious risks to consumers abroad, as made clear by this week’s Bangkok Post article.

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