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Pesticide levels high among Punjab farmers: Report

NDTV Correspondent

Tuesday, June 7, 2005 (Chandigarh):

Reports from a study conducted by the Centre for Science and Environment, a Delhi-based organization, suggest that the intensive farming in Punjab post Green Revolution has not been without its problems.

The study indicated that villagers in the state could be carrying a killer cocktail of pesticides in their blood at levels much higher than those found in other countries.

According to the report, which was presented at a press conference in Chandigarh today, a residue of six to 13 pesticides was found in the blood of these farmers.

The cocktail includes pesticides like DDT and Lindane and highly toxic substances like monocrotophos and chloropyrifos.

Residue of Lindane was found to be 605 times higher than that found in the blood of US farmers, while DDT residue was 188 times higher.

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