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Jun 11, 2010

EPA Moves to Ban DDT Cousin Endosulfan

Endosulfan, a commonly used pesticide and cousin to DDT, is being targeted to be banned by the Environmental Protection Agency. It has been registered in the United States since 1954. Already banned in Europe and many other countries, it is used on vegetables and fruits (including: cherries, apples, peaches, potatoes, grapes), oats, wheat, tobacco, cotton, ornamental shrubs, trees, and vines. The environmental agency said it is moving toward the ban following recent data suggesting the risks of the compound are greater than previously known. There are unacceptable neurological and reproductive risks to farm workers and wildlife. It is an endocrine disrupter associated with birth defects. Endosulfan is persistent in the environment, and accumulates in the tissues of fish and mammals, including people. Like DDT, the chemical is also airborne and has been detected thousands of miles from where it is used.

Dr. Kerry Ferguson