India’s top court imposes ban on ‘toxic’ pesticide
India's top court on Friday temporarily banned use of the pesticide endosulfan, which the government has resisted blacklisting despite curbs imposed in 60 other countries over health concerns.
India is the world's biggest producer and user of the controversial chemical that is sprayed on crops from cocoa, rice to cotton even though it has been linked to birth deformities and illnesses in farmers and their families.
The Supreme Court bench, headed by Chief Justice S.H. Kapadia, declared it was "the risk that is bothering us" before imposing the eight-week ban and asking the government to produce a report on the chemical.