Donald Trump’s EPA reversed course and gave the green light for the use of chlorpyrifos (also known as Lorsban), a dangerous pesticide that’s sprayed on all manner of crops—including almonds, apples, broccoli, strawberries, and citrus fruits. Based on mounting scientific evidence linking the insecticide to learning disabilities in children—and in response to an NRDC petition—the agency had previously proposed to limit its use on food. However, rather than err on the side of keeping kids safe, the EPA is now siding with the chemical lobby and agricultural industry. Contrary to the scientific conclusion of the agency’s own chemical-safety experts, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt called a ban on this widely used pesticide “unnecessary”—citing the “need to provide regulatory certainty” to farmers and the importance of “using sound science in decision-making.”
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Expert BlogMiriam Rotkin-Ellman, Veena Singla
Last night, the Trump administration rejected a proposed ban on the toxic pesticide chlorpyrifos, leaving California kids and communities at risk of exposure to this chemical in food, water and the air.
Expert BlogMiriam Rotkin-Ellman, Jennifer Sass
Toxic pesticide residues on food will remain a threat to children’s health as a result of the Trump administration’s reversal of the proposed ban on chlorpyrifos – a pesticide linked to increased risk of learning disabilities, behavioral problems, and autism.
WASHINGTON (March 31, 2017) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today rejected a decade-old petition to ban chlorpyrifos—a pesticide linked to learning disabilities in children—despite the agency’s own analysis showing residues have been widely found on common fruits and vegetables…