GS Environment

In India, the use of carbofuran, methylparathion, phorate and triazophos is viewed with apprehension. These chemicals are used as

  1. pesticides in agriculture
  2. preservatives in processed foods
  3. fruit-ripening agents
  4. moisturising agents in cosmetics


These are used as pesticides in India and are used to control insects in a wide variety of field crops. These are systemic insecticides, which mean that the plant absorbs it through the roots, and from here the plant distributes it throughout its organs where insecticidal concentrations are attained. These are highly toxic for vertebrates, particularly to birds.

The correct option is A.