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Endosulfan's Exit: U.S. EPA Pesticide Review Leads to a Ban

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Science  18 Jun 2010:
Vol. 328, Issue 5985, pp. 1466
DOI: 10.1126/science.328.5985.1466

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After a lengthy scientific review, the United States last week decided to ban the use of endosulfan, an inexpensive organochlorine pesticide that builds up in the environment. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency ruled that the compound—which has a variety of uses from Florida's tomato crops to California's cotton—should be phased out on a schedule to be negotiated with the manufacturer. More than 60 other countries have already opted for a ban; the holdouts—including India and China—argue that the pesticide should continue to be permitted where farmers cannot afford substitutes.