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Punjab Myth
By D-Sector Team

With highest cases of cancer deaths and suspected cases of cancer, the green revolution spurred model of economic prosperity lies exposed in Punjab. The poisoning of land and water with fertilizers and pesticides to sustain bountiful crop harvests to keep the 'mouth' away from the 'ship' (to counter the 'ship to mouth' phrase) has taken a heavy toll on the people of the state. A recent report indicates that while 33,000 people have died of cancer in the state in the past five years, over 20,000 are suffering from the dreadful disease.

The co-relation between overdose of farm chemicals and growing incidence of cancer has been debated for long. However, there cannot be any doubt that intake of chemicals through the food chain has played havoc with public health. Though government has taken lead in screening the affected population and in providing some treatment, the public health crises in the so-called 'diamond state' has just begun. With an increasing number of people reporting kidney failure in the state, the health time bomb may not take much time to explode. 

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Punjab Myth

it is a horrible irony that Panjab which was known as the food bowl of the nation has been caught in the cancerous grip due to overuse of insecti-pesticides. Most farmers know it, most agri experts even the agri-universities know it but they are impervious to this horror and are doing nothing. The underground waters, the health of the soil and the canals, rivers are in a mess.The cumulative effect will burden the already collapsing health services. I am personally aware of many farmers who are into innovative farming using no chemicals. But their voices, methodologies are being ignored due to various vested interests. Sudhirender has blown the timely whistle.

Posted By: ernest albert
Dated: Monday, February 04, 2013

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