Chlorpyrifos is an organophosphate pesticide linked to learning disabilities in children. Widespread use in agriculture threatens farming communities, contaminates drinking water, and leaves toxic residues on fruits and vegetables. Because of risks to children’s health, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency banned household use in 2000, but more than five million pounds of the insecticide are applied annually across the United States to a variety of crops, including apples, oranges, broccoli, berries, and tree nuts.
Given the EPA’s findings that chlorpyrifos is not safe, U.S. pesticide laws, including the Food Quality Protection Act, dictate that it no longer be used. To protect families, the EPA must move forward and finalize the proposed ban. We also urgently need action from states and businesses to support healthier farming practices.