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One tiny India state is leading the charge to ban pesticides
by Annie Gowen, The Washington Post
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8 June 2018
On 8 June 2018 The Seattle Times reported:
Fifteen years ago, the tiny Indian state of Sikkim launched a radical experiment: Its leaders decided to phase out pesticides on every farm in the state, a move without precedent in India -- and probably the world. The change was especially significant for India, a country whose progress in agriculture was defined by the introduction of fertilizers and pesticide ... But with the indiscriminate use of pesticides came a spike in cancer rates in industrial farming areas. Rivers became polluted, and soil infertile. Sikkim's leaders say they were driven to go all-organic by those concerns and because pesticide residue -- including from some chemicals banned in other countries -- was tainting fish, vegetables, and rice.
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To read article by the same writer at The Washington Post published on May 31 click An Indian state banned pesticides. Tourism and wildlife flourished. Will others follow?
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