X says: According to the reports, almost everyone knows what MRLs are!
While reports help public understanding and dissemination of knowledge, ill-framed reports could be detrimental, if referred to decide what is suitable for our country. Last year, during a dialogue with an officer (IAS cadre) at the Ministry of Agriculture, I enquired if GOI is taking steps on MRLs, carcinogenic pesticides, and its awareness to consumers and farmers. I was amazed to hear what Mr. X said! A perfect situation I wish existed. Every person I talked to; farmers, hoteliers, businesspeople, and agriculturalists! individuals could barely abbreviate MRLs.
What are MRLs?
Books abbreviate MRLs as Maximum residue limits for agricultural pesticides. Every country sets thresholds to the pesticide residue level allowed in food production. Above this threshold, the pesticide would have shown toxic effects on animals, documented in toxicology tests. Organizations like fssai in India have come up with these notifications, but the reach is so low that; Dealers sell pesticides without the right guidance to farmers, our uninformed farmers overuse them, and industries lobby to keep their product alive.
Eem, what better dumping area than INDIA? Companies from Europe and America find our system heaven to bring products that are disregarded in their continent. Well, we allow them too! after all, the west is COOL ; ) (Sarcastic remark)
Over the last few years, I heard many cases of Cancer and research about pesticides linked to it. Especially in the State of Punjab, at least 90 for every 100,000 people suffer Cancer, compared with the national average of 80. Many of the pesticides used in this region are classified as Class I by WHO; for their acute toxicity and carcinogenic properties! Unpalatable…
Whom should we blame? Our economy | politicians | prime minister | or our teachers?
How about dominating the policies than accepting?
What if Supermarkets set their threshold?
What if WE set our threshold?
Better Life seekers, Let’s be loud this time! Let’s bring REAL HEALTH CARE!
Long Live INDIA