Advertising deck made for FMC Corporation, maker and date unknown, promoting the benefits of the controversial pesticide “Furadan,” the trade name given by FMC to its carbofuran product. The deck features illustrations of 13 pests – 1 pest per each card value in all 4 suits – that Furadan is effective in controlling.
In 2009 the EPA instituted a ban against any use of carbofuran on crops for human consumption. The chemical is also very controversial because of its impact upon other vertebrates. From Wikipedia:
“Carbofuran is also known to be highly toxic to birds. In its granular form, a single grain will kill a bird. Birds often eat numerous grains of the pesticide, mistaking them for seeds, and then die shortly thereafter. Before the granular form was banned by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency in 1991, it was blamed for millions of bird deaths per year. The liquid version of the pesticide is less hazardous to birds since they are not as likely to ingest it directly, but it is still very hazardous. The EPA announced on July 25, 2008 that it intends to ban all forms in the US. The ban requires that no residue be present on domestic or imported foods.
“Carbofuran has been illegally used to intentionally poison wildlife in the US, Canada and Great Britain; poisoned wildlife have included coyotes, kites, golden eagles and buzzards. Secondary fatal poisoning of domestic and wild animals has been documented, specifically, raptors (bald eagles and golden eagles), domestic dogs, raccoons, vultures and other scavengers.
“In Kenya farmers are using carbofuran to kill lions and other predators.”
The use of carbofuran products to kill lions in Kenya is a particular concern, as the lions are part of Kenya’s national heritage and vital to the tourist industry. From the Wildlife Direct website:
“Carbofuran is the active ingredient in pesticides most widely used to kill wildlife such as lions and leopards. It is also used to kill fish and birds for human consumption. Carbofuran is a neurotoxin that is deadly to fish, birds, cats and even humans. Kenyan conservationists are calling on the Ministry of Agriculture to ban the pesticide due to it’s environmental impacts. It is not permitted for use in the European Union where authorization for its’ use was withdrawn in 2007. Nor can it be used in the USA where it is produced due to a recent decision by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) that revoked all tolerance for carbofuran residues on food. This means that carbofuran residues must not be found on locally produced and imported food items. The decision was implemented on the 31st December 2009.These decisions could affect Kenyan food exports if the product remains in use on export crops. In addition, Canada’s Pest Management Regulatory Agency recently conducted the risk and value assessments for carbofuran and its end-uses on food and feed crops and also recommends a ban of the product. Conservationists in USA have conducted an online petition and gathered more than 80,000 signatures urging the Kenyan Government to do the same.
“After incidents of lion poisoning in Kenya became public in 2008, the manufacturers of Furadan, FMC withdrew Furadan from Kenyan shelves. However, the product is still not officially banned and can be found in some agro-vet stores. The active ingredient, carbofuran, is still available in other over-the-counter pesticides.”
The deck has 52 cards, plus 2 Jokers – 1 with advertising, and 1 with a warning. The cards are bridge size, measuring 89mm x 58mm, and come in the original box.
The cards and box are “as new.”
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