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Bayer to Stop Making Endosulfan

When we visited with the Pesticide Action Network during the filming of the movie A Chemical Reaction, the lead scientist said he hoped a ban on endosulfan was imminent. The insecticide, banned in more than 50 countries, has been steadfastly defended and approved in the United States by the Environmental Protection Agency. That, however, may be changing. Under pressure from scientists around the world, the lead manufacturer, Bayer, said it intends to stop making endosulfan next year.

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  • Satyabroto Banerji

    Bayer has purchased a company that discovered Endosulfan. Bayer has never produced Endosulfan directly. Bayer stands to gain from an Endosulfan ban. It produces neonicotinoids, while Endosulfan is now a generic. It is a heinous tradition of the European pesticide mafia to work against their own inventions once they lose their monopolistic patents. Bayer’s home country and continent has banned neonicotinoids, so they need to foist their stuff on unsuspecting communities in other countries. I compliment the US EPA for its sanguine support for Endosulfan. Endosulfan is an economic and versatile tool of IPM and IRM. Endosulfan also has an excellent tolerance profile for pollinators, predators, and parasites. You already suffer from Colony Collapse Disorder. The United States is also on the verge of a horrific soybean aphid resistance. This is no time to ban Endosulfan. Endosulfan can and should be used safely and judiciously. All pesticides are inherently toxic. That is why their labels offer such detailed information on correct use and disposal practices.

    • Paul Tukey

      This is an articulate email. May I ask your background and how you know so much about the subject?

  • Satyabroto Banerji

    I have worked in the pesticide industry for much of my professional life. I am professionally trained in pesticide stewardship.

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