Actor-host Aamir Khan of the TV show ‘Satyamev Jayate,’ discussed harmful aspects of pesticides and its health effects on people in India.
Aamir Khan, well known Indian actor cum host, of the TV show ‘Satyamev Jayate,’ speaks about the ill effects of pesticides used in India.
MUMBAI, INDIA: In a common global perspective - the excessive use of pesticides by farmers have led to the deterioration of nutrients from food products which eventually affect the health of people, the environment and other living beings. Focussing on this issue, the well known Indian actor-host, Aamir Khan’s latest episode on the TV show ‘Satyamev Jayate,’ revolved around the harmful effects of pesticides used in agriculture. The discussions included researchers, scientists, doctors and farmers across India giving their views. Some of the statistics mentioned in the show suggested that India continues to use 67 pesticides that have been banned globally. Also the amount of pesticides present in fruits and vegetables is nearly 400 to 500 times more than the permissible limit.
During the episode, Aamir interviewed R D Shroff, Chairman and Managing Director of Asia’s largest pesticide company, United Phosphorous Limited. On a shocking note, Shroff termed the activities and scientists as ‘liars’ and said that the effects of pesticides was exaggerated. As per him, the use of pesticides is a necessity as it will help farmers cultivate crops without affecting yield. Further, Shroff commented that dichloro diphenyl trichloroethane (DDT) is harmless, a comment that saw the audience burst into laughter.
Talking about the issue, Aamir spoke to Dr Mohan a doctor working in Kasargod, a district in Kerala. The region witnessed major health deterioration of villagers and the neighbouring fauna, due to heavy overuse of pesticides.Since last 25 years, the government has carried out air-spraying of nearly 2.2 million litre of endosulfan to grow spices and cashewnuts. Citing another case, Dr Srigopal Kabra spoke about Jaipur (in Rajasthan, India) where babies were being born with brain abnormalities due to absence of folic acid, destroyed by pesticides, in mothers. Hailing from Andhra Pradesh, Dr G V Ramanjaneyullu informed of pests feeding on other pests but getting killed themselves by the pesticides. He also mentioned that there are 100 other techniques which can help farmers get rid of pests.
Aamir also interviewed famers in different regions to know their views. These farmers used chemicals for crops due to its commercial aspect but grew a separate crop, without using chemicals for their personal use.
At the end of the show, Aamir gave possible and practical solutions, promoting use of organic farming. One such example is Pawan Kumar Chamling, Chief Minister of Sikkim, India, who is working towards making Sikkim an organic state by 2015. The show also cited examples of farmers who carried out organic farming and made a good living from it.
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For all these problems answer is organic foods. Educate the farmers about advantages of Organic food & fertilizer. Organic fertilizers are completely safe and do not produces harmful chemical complexes & consumption of chemical fertilizers more in comparison to organic fertilizers. Harmful chemical complex will form in combination with chemical pesticides,
Now governments also wake up & trying to implementing organic foods in the view of business & health. As per Mr.K S Mani chairman APEDA(Agricultural and Processed Food Products Export Development Authority) nine states, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Gujarat, Haryana, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Tamil Nadu, have submitted proposals for approval (for accreditation)to certify produce of their farmers as organic.
All state governments have to start working towards make their state an organic state.
In kerala kasargod its going from years together, govt has banned all imports and selling of those pesticides. Educate those committee who give permission to import such pesticides
There is lack of awareness among people regarding harmful affects of pesticides. Mainly awareness should be created among people and Government must enforce strict rules for usage of permissible limit of pesticides.
Every morsel of food and sip of water we take is important for our health and well-being, right from the time we are newborn infants. Yet, for decades our food and water have been contaminated by powerful, harmful pesticides which have been promoted as necessary for better agricultural output.
The lack of a strong official controlling body and the poor awareness among farmers who use these chemicals, has led to this hazardous situation in India. A complete ban on chemical fertilizers and pesticides may not be the best solution, when cost and productivity are considered.
Its a very good news,Using Organic fertilizer is good for human health and land also.Government along with Media should also take the initiative , create awareness about the importance of Organic food & fertilizer,try to buy organic foods.
Organic fertilizers should be for the crops to avoid hazardous effects from normal chemical fertilizers. With the help of organic food which are grown by utilizing organic fertilizers will increase the human life span.
jaago re india jago !!!!!!!
About 67 Pesticides which are banned, are still in use. The government should take a proper measures to stop this. Each state should take the initiative to start organic farming.
By use of organic fertilizers we can reduces the affects caused by pesticides.
People dealing with pesticides should have thorough knowledge of chemical being used
This a wake up call for manufaturer,user & government to think beyond financial gain.these things should not be taken as granted. Time to take some constructive action, where health of 100 crore peoples at stake.
pesticides are imperceptible poison, for this immediate preventing action to be taken by the gaovernment using with the organic fertilizers.think about next generation?
This is surprise by Amir. Ms Suniti Narayan Had discovered pesticides in coca cola which he advertises. Does he have moral right to say anything. What about the trust where the donation thru sms goes?
First of all i would like to thank Mr. Pawan ( CM - Sikkim ) who took up such an initiative to make his state pesticide free. All other states should also follow this initiative.
Secondly i am shocked to hear an MD of such a big company giving such careless and neglegent statements. I could not understand what he was upto by upholding so confidently the usage of pesticide, whereas his own brother is following natural farming.!!! Or was he jumbled and confused by the type of questions Amir was shooting, but then they were so simple ones which anybody would understand...
In my view if a leading farmer who is practicing organic farming is chosen from each village, he can set a better example to fellow farmers who can f0llow his footsteps and take up organic farming.
Pesticides may cause acute and delayed health effects in those who are exposed. The most notorious of all pesticides is DDT, which was banned globally in 1972 because it was extremely toxic. Pesticide exposure can cause a variety of adverse health effects. These effects can range from simple irritation of the skin and eyes to more severe effects such as affecting the nervous system, mimicking hormones causing reproductive problems, and also causing cancer. Strong evidence also exists for negative outcomes from pesticide exposure including neurological, birth defects, fetal death and neurodevelopmental disorder. Current surveillance systems are inadequate to characterize potential exposure problems related either to pesticide usage or pesticide-related illnesses. Considering these data gaps, it is prudent to limit pesticide exposures and to use the least toxic chemical pesticide or non-chemical alternative. The World Health Organization estimate that each year, 3 million workers in agriculture in the developing world experience severe poisoning from pesticides, about 18,000 of whom die.
Pesticide use not only affects the human health but also raises a number of environmental concerns. Over 95% of sprayed insecticides reach a destination other than their target species, including non-target species, air, water and soil. Pesticide drift occurs when pesticides suspended in the air as particles are carried by wind to other areas, potentially contaminating them. Pesticides are one of the causes of water pollution and some pesticides are persistent organic pollutants and contribute to soil contamination. The pesticide use reduces biodiversity and destroys the habitat specially for birds and other endangered species.
There are alternatives to using pesticides. These are generally known as sustainable agriculture or alternative agriculture. These practices can reduce the need for, or substantially reduce, the amount or type of pesticides that you may use.
According to a report by Manoj Kumar, Research Associate, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh and Ashok Kumar, PhD, Research Fellow, DAV College, Dehradun- India has 51% of food commodities contaminated with pesticide residues and out of these, 20% have pesticides residues above the maximum residue level. It has been observed that their long-term, low-dose exposure are increasingly linked to human health effects such as immune-suppression, hormone disruption, diminished intelligence, reproductive abnormalities, and cancer. Government should and must take effective measures to tackle these issues; we should save our future generation from being affected.
i support everybody's comments and the government should definitely take a step to do something about this immediately.
Need to create more awarness of harmful of pesticides used in agriculture and domestic field and government has to take necessary steps to educate farmers on advantage of organic manure.
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