It was in February 2001 that Down To Earth broke the story.
A link was established between the unusually high incidence of deformities and diseases in Padre â€' a village in Keralaâ€™s Kasaragod district â€' and endosulfan, an organochlorine pesticide. The Plantation Corporation of Kerala (PCK) had been spraying endosulfan since the mid-1970s on its cashew plantations. The people of Padre had long been waging a lonely battle against the spraying of the pesticide. Laboratory analysis conducted by the Centre for Science and Environment (CSE), New Delhi, revealed that all samples collected from the village contained very high levels of the pesticide that has ironically been either banned or restricted in many countries.