what is sevin?

[the following is mostly from wikipedia]

what is sevin? no, not seven. sevin. it’s lumped in with ddt. something nasty, for sure. oh, it can be a turkish feminine given name, but it can also be a commercial version of carbaryl, an insecticide, once owned by union carbide, now owned by bayer.

ddt is banned in the u.s., but sevin is not. ‘Carbaryl kills both targeted (e.g. malaria-carrying mosquitos) and beneficial insects (e.g. honeybees), as well as crustaceans.

Although approved for more than 100 crops in the US, carbaryl is illegal in several countries, including the United Kingdom, Austria, Denmark, Sweden, Germany, and Angola [but not canada, altho ‘the insecticide carbaryl has a staggering number of acute and chronic adverse effects to non-target beneficial insects, to other wildlife such as birds, and fish, and to humans. Health effects range from lowered sperm counts, depression and diarrhea, to severe chronic ailments and death.’].

Carbaryl is often produced using methyl isocyanate (MIC) as an intermediary. A leak of MIC used in the production of carbaryl caused the Bhopal disaster, the largest industrial accident in history. This accident caused around 11,000 deaths and over 500,000 injuries.

Carbaryl is a cholinesterase inhibitor and is toxic to humans. It is classified as a likely human carcinogen by the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).’ fun stuff.


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