Since the 1960s, staple foods in the United States have been sprayed with chlorpyrifos, a dangerous pesticide that can permanently damage the developing brain of children and poison farmworkers.
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Last week, a federal court ordered the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban a harmful pesticide. This particular pesticide, chlorpyrifos, has been used widely for the past 50 years on crops like corn, apples, oranges, and cotton. Scientists have found that even small amounts of this pesticide can cause brain development issues in children.
While the Obama administration had proposed a ban of this chemical back in 2015, the Trump administration overturned the decision last year to keep it on the market. Now, with the latest order from a federal judge in California, the EPA must remove chlorpyrifos from sale in the United States within 60 days.
“The court has made it clear that children’s health must come before powerful polluters. This is a victory for parents everywhere who want to feed their kids fruits and veggies without fear it’s harming their brains or poisoning communities.” ~ Erik Olson, senior director of health and food at the Natural Resources Defense Council, via AP News
This ruling is a victory for both the environment and public health, keeping our water, land, and children free of harmful chemicals.