Finishing up Furadan
A little more information on FMC Corp’s Furadan, the pesticide that was covered in a “60 Minutes” report on its use for killing lions.
Furadan, which is its marketing name, is actually Carbofuran, an insecticide that various plants absorb into their systems so that when an insect attempts to feed on them it attacks their nervous system killing them. As I mentioned before, it has been banned within Kenya, however I recently found that the U.S. request its ban on crops within the country. However this was limited to only allowing use only on specific vegetables through regulation.
Besides the use to poison lions in the cover story, there have also been abuse cases reported in the United States, where farmers have used the poison to kill other predators such as wolves, coyotes, and mountain lions. Also according to research, the poison is fatal to almost all vertebrates, including humans. A single teaspoon, if ingested by a human body, can be fatal within hours.
I was impressed to see that the U.S. had previously taken measures to regulate usage of such a toxic chemical, for once we are ahead of other nations on this front. It will be interested to see the reverberations to FMC Corp following the 60 Minutes piece.