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Old 06-11-2009, 04:31 PM   #1
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As Wildlife Dies, Kenya Considers Pesticide Ban
02 June 2009

VOA News - As Wildlife Dies, Kenya Considers Pesticide Ban
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In Kenya, parliament is being asked to ban a pesticide that's been blamed for the deaths of hundreds of animals, including many lions. Kenyan MP John Matutho is introducing legislation to prohibit the use of Furadan a cheap but lethal chemical originally manufactured by the US based FMC Corporation.

The conservation group Wildlife Direct supports the ban, which would replace a buy-back program for Furadan. It says local herdsmen are using it to poison lions and other carnivores threatening their livestock.
In Nairobi, WildlifeDirect executive director Dr. Paula Kahumbu says, "This is a pesticide that has recently been banned in the United States. It's also banned in Europe because it's been found to be unsafe to be used even if we follow the label instructions. It's one of the most dangerous pesticides actually available at the moment."
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Who can we thank for introducing the world to Fursdan? That's one nasty organophosphate. Why does it seem we only investigate these chemicals AFTER they've done damage. We're still using it in the US, US EPA bans common pesticides... just not on food crops any more.
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