Australia has finally banned Endosulfan, decades after a large body of peer reviewed science has shown a multitude of problems associated with the toxic residual pesticide.

Very significantly Australia is last of the developed countries to ban it.  Sadly, Australia is usually amongst the last countries that ban a poison and often continues to use numerous toxic chemicals for years and sometimes decades after other countries have banned them.

Australia uses over 80 Farm Chemicals that are Prohibited in Other Countries
Australia promotes itself as clean and green and as a leader in the responsible use of farm chemicals. The reality is very different. Australian farmers use over 80 pesticides, herbicides and fungicides that are illegal in other countries due to a range of health and environmental concerns. These illegal products are linked to numerous cancers – especially breast, cervical, uterine, prostate, and non-hodgkin’s lymphoma, birth defects, still births, hormone disruption, low sperm count, type 2 diabetes as well as nervous system and immune system disruption.

The National Toxics Network and WWF have released a list of Australia’s most dangerous pesticides. The list includes 17 chemicals that are known, likely or probable carcinogens, and 48 chemicals flagged as having the potential to interfere with hormones. More than 20 have been classified as either extremely or highly hazardous by the World Health Organisation yet remain available for use on Australian farms

Bottom line – if you want to protect your health and wellbeing – BUY ORGANIC!  Organic produce and cosmetics do not have these chemicals used in their growth or production.  Organic farming is not a thing of the past – it is ahead of its time and designed to protect the wellbeing of the consumer as its FIRST priority, not profits first as is the case with farms still using these toxic chemicals known to cause harm.

Source:
http://ntn.org.au/2010/07/18/toxic-hit-list-shows-australians-exposed-to-dangerous-pesticides
The complete list is available here: http://ntn.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2010/07/FINAL-A-list-of-Australias-most-dangerous-pesticides-v2.pdf

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