On March 29th I read a press-release by the American Bird Conservancy which I reposted here. The press-release was a strong response to the news that the Philadelphia-based FMC Corporation was “to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court over the continued use of their highly toxic pesticide Carbofuran (trade name Furadan)”. It went on to say that “ABC has fought for the total cancellation of Carbofuran based on its deadly impact to birds and other wildlife. A response from the Supreme Court on whether they will hear the case is expected by April 18.”
Carbofuran is a deadly toxin which kills in minute doses. Banned in Canada and the EU, it is being widely used in East Africa to kill lions via baited carcasses: a recent estimate is that the African lion population has crashed from 200,000 to around 30,000 in recent years and Carbofuran is behind many of the deaths. Allowing its entry back into the American market in any form whatsoever (even as residues on imported foods) seems nonsensical. The decision rests with the reportedly “pro-business” US Supreme Court… incidentally, in February this year FMC Corporation authorized $250 Million of Share Repurchases and increased its Quarterly Dividend by 20 Percent.
I contacted ABC on Thursday 31st (March 2011) to ask for a short comment on Carbofuran and FMC Corporation and spoke to Dr Michael Fry, ABC’s Head of Conservation Advocacy…
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For more information on Carbofuran and its impact (especially in Africa) please click the following:
- CBS 60 Minutes: Poison Takes Toll On Africa’s Lions: http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2009/03/26/60minutes/main4894945.shtml
- Lion Guardians: http://lionguardians.wildlifedirect.org/category/lions-killed/
- Pesticides Action Network: http://www.pesticideinfo.org
- Treehugger, Nov 2009: http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/11/epa-bans-pesticide-insecticide-carbofuran-by-2010.php
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