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Circle of Poison – Dursban in India

In 2000, the insecticide Dursban, also known as Chlorpyrifos, was banned in the United States for most household uses, but it still remains in use around the world. Dow Chemcial, the maker of Dursban, has thus removed the chemical from household use, but continues to market it widely as a safe chemical in countries such as India.

Of major concern is exposure to children, who are particularly at risk to its effects, which involve overstimulation of the nervous system. Exposure during pregnancy is also connected with unique birth defects.

Several public interest groups in India are contemplating action against Chlorpyrifos.

For more information:

National Resources Defense Council
Comprehensive, well cited overview of the sources and hazards of dursban.

Cola toxins: Full flow in India, tight leash abroad
Begins with pesticides found in Cola, but generally compares pesticide use in the U.S. v. other countries. Highlights Dursban in India.