Stop using Endosulfan !! ! These images of the damage it causes along with the devastating evidence that proves its toxicity and persistence should be more than enough to manufacture something that is not any of these things. I cannot believe people are getting away with still using this. Stop. Right now.


Fashion: Cotton, Child Labour and Pesticides


Cotton. This is a global material. You’ll find it on every front line of the Fashion World. You’re probably wearing it right now. Check the label.

The cotton industry is built on Fashion’s darkest truths. International demand for this material has ensured two very serious problems in its production:

The use of Child Labour

The use of chemical Pesticides

If you are wearing cotton, check the label again. Who made it? How was it made?

A Brief Introduction to these Issues:

Child Labour abuses a child’s right to play, to learn and to be safe and respected. Their childhood is taken from them to fuel a multi billion dollar industry like cotton. Often their governments are directly involved. Often they are physically abused and maltreated. 

Pesticides are chemicals designed to increase crop yield by destroying any pest (such as insects.) They help produce more crop and bigger sales for farmers. However they can also be toxic for humans and all other creatures causing illness, physical defects or death. They can also ruin the earth’s soil and destroy plants and crops in the surrounding environment. Many have been branded illegal, although some are still used illegally. 

(this young girl has been poisoned by the dangerous pesticide Endosulfan.)

The Environmental Justice Foundation:

The title photo is taken from a London based NGO called the Environmental Justice Foundation. The picture of the young girl above is also from their collection. As well as working for Nektarina, I help them with their campaigns. They run a successful cotton campaign that addresses both child labour and pesticides.

Here is a video about Cotton the ‘White Gold’ and Pesticides:

The Environmental Justice Foundation (EJF) campaigned to ban the use of Endosulfan, the same chemical that hurt the girl’s hands in the photograph above. They were successful.


But that is one battle in a war against environmental injustice. Many children are still subjected to hard and dangerous working conditions. 

You can read more about these battles in EJF’s reports. Download them free, here: http://www.ejfoundation.org/page93.html

Tomorrow I will write about what you can do to stop child labour and the use of pesticides.

Contact me on jessica@nektarinanonprofit.com

The Conference of the Parties to the Rotterdam Convention, meeting in Geneva, decided to list endosulfan under annex III to the Convention on Friday. This makes prior informed consent of importing countries necessary for export of the pesticide. India, an exporter, did not object to listing of the pesticide.

Proibidos no exterior, agrotóxicos sambam no prato do brasileiro. Somos o maior importador de veneno e usamos agrotóxicos que já são proibidos no mundo por causarem problemas genéticos, renais, respiratórios, hepáticos, neurológicos, de formação fetal e câncer (http://goo.gl/yj2wjb). O veneno vai da plantação, para a água, para a terra e diretamente para as refeições de cada dia, acumulando-se garfada a garfada no nosso corpo e sendo encontrado até no leite materno.


The Hindu : News / National : Endosulfan: CPI demands committee

“It is absolutely unacceptable that despite several scientific studies — undertaken both by Central and State agencies — finding that endosulfan is a deadly chemical, it is still sold and used in our country,” the party Central Secretariat said in a release.

A ban is being discussed now in Geneva.

Meanwhile Dr. Mohammed Asheel of Kerala 92s Health Services, who is attending the conference as an independent observer, has sent a communication to the Kerala Health Minister P. K. Sreemathi mentioning instances of the organisations of the pesticide industry, present at the conference as observers, influencing the Indian delegation to the conference. The Indian delegates are just following their bosses in the pesticide industry, he criticized.

The toxic pesticide was banned in the US last summer.