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Originally posted by Spider879
And someone thought this was a good idea to use on crops?? .is it a fact that without pesticides the world would face food shortages or is it more likely that efforts to use natural pesticides takes more time and money ..I am not a farmer but one explained to me that he used alternate plants that a bug doesn't like beside his money crops and he does just fine, perhaps a lil O.T but according to the law?? secretly signed by president Obama if this was done by Monsanto we would have no right to sue and they can't go to jail.
However, it's also very possible that this happened because of corruption. The corruption would work like so: the school administrator is allocated government money to buy food. Then instead of spending all of the money on the highest quality food the allocated money can buy, they instead buy the cheapest food they can find and pocket the remaining money from the government.
Originally posted by 11andrew34
Perhaps the children died because some farmer new to the use of pesticides didn't understand their proper usage. Or, as India mostly lacks facilities for post-harvest food processing, it's also possible that this food came more or less straight from the farmer's field to the school. Anywhere that had such facilities, it would have been adequately washed.
She drew it to the attention of the teacher - who was in charge of the Mid-Day Meal Scheme at the school and had been transferred there recently - who said the "oil was home-made and safe to use".
The minister said the oil had been bought from the grocery store run by this teacher's husband.
Mr Shahi said the grocery store owner and other men in his family had fled.
17 July 2013 Last updated at 09:14 GMT Help
In 2008 six infants died and 300,000 babies suffered with painful kidney stones after drinking tainted milk powder in China.
Five years on, sales of home food safety tests are soaring in the country.
Some people go so far as importing their food to alleviate concerns over safety.
Thanks for the interesting information. There does seem to be a lot of confusion. The original story cited organo-phosphate as an insecticide that was used on rice and wheat crops, but another source says the local villagers determined that the kids who ate those dishes didn't get sick, it was the kids who ate the side dish of soybeans and potatoes that got sick. Maybe they used contaminated oil to cool that dish?
Originally posted by Rodinus
Just been catching up with this story and Reuters have covered it fairly well with some new information :
"In spite of the cook's complaint (over the smell of cooking oil used for the food), the headmistress insisted on its use and the cook made the food. The children had also complained about the food to the cook,"
The focus of the investigation is on the oil used in the preparation of the meal. Doctors treating the children said they suspected the food had been contaminated with insecticide.
Media reports said the oil may have been stored in an old pesticide container.
The headmistress of that school sure has a lot of explaining to do when the police finally catch up with her... If they catch up with her and she isn't lynched first!
You have to wonder what the headmistress was thinking when she said to go ahead and use bad-smelling oil. No wonder she's on the run.
Sahi said a preliminary investigation suggested the food contained an organophosphate used as an insecticide on rice and wheat crops. It's believed the grain was not washed before it was served at the school, he said.
However, local villagers said the problem appeared to be with a side dish of soybeans and potatoes, not grain. Children who had not eaten that dish were fine, although they had eaten the rice and lentils, several villagers told the AP.
Police in India have issued an arrest warrant for the principal of the school where 23 children died after eating meals containing a toxic pesticide.
Tests on the cooking oil used to prepare the meals found it contained high levels of the poisonous chemical.
Investigators say the school's principal, Meena Devi, may have forced the cook to use contaminated cooking oil despite her protesting that it smelled bad.