Argentine Parliament discusses endosulfan
The Argentine Parliament hosted a public discussion on the use of the organochlorine insecticide, endosulfan, in the country. Medics and representatives of the general public who live close to fields treated with the insecticide have called for its prohibition. Soybean growers and industry representatives were among those at the meeting. The executive director of the agrochemical industry association, the Casafe, Juan Cruz Jaime, called for a recess on the question until the fifth Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention on prior informed consent (PIC) takes place in June, Santa Fe newspaper Notife reports. The fertiliser and pesticide industry association, the Ciafa, warned that there was no substitute for its use on cotton. The government is to participate at the June meeting, at which a decision is expected on the future trade in endosulfan. EU member states have agreed to support the inclusion of endosulfan on the PIC list (see this issue). Endosulfan is the most commonly used insecticide in Argentina, Notife says.