Wednesday 17 August 2022
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The EPA Has Finally Banned Chlorpyrifos


These days, many of us have nostalgia for what many of us think is the ‘good ole days’ when food was healthier and care was less. However, what many of us didn’t know is the fact that farmers sprayed a chemical called, chlorpyrifos, on crops, like strawberries, onions, citrus, apples, and corn. Spraying this chemical has been common practice since 1965. This is the same American household product commonly used to get rid of mosquitos, roaches, and ants.

Other Relatable, Disturbing Findings

Earthjustice recently submitted a report that shows how widely used chlorpyrifos in the US has been. The report also displayed how the pesticide has been used in our air, food, and water throughout this nation. In addition to the display of the amount and location of chlorpyrifos, it documented the dangerous health effects as a result of this exposure. This report also included disturbing reports about 16 other organophosphates, which are available for the public on this agency’s site.

With these and other disturbing findings, one can only wonder what findings there could be in other common things across the world, like oil pipes. It is believed that the first US oil pipeline was built in 1862 in Pennsylvania, and since then, the industry has only grown. Since previous reports made about oil pipelines were terrible, other measures may need to be taken regarding oil pipelines as well.

EPA’s Recent Mandates Concerning the Use of Chlorpyrifos

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) also recently released statements concerning chlorpyrifos. For one, this agency stated that this pesticide is forbidden to be used on food that makes its way onto the dinner plates of Americans. According to the agency, this mandate was made to better protect farmworkers and children. Other mandates from the EPA include the following:

  • From six months of the final rule’s publication in the Federal Register, the revocation of chlorpyrifos will be implemented in six months.
  • Pesticide’s non-food usages, like nurseries and mosquito control, are subject to review later on in 2022.
  • There will be no federal regulations, thus far, for residential and farm storage tanks that can contain no more than 1,100 gallons of motor fuel for noncommercial purposes.

Disturbing Scientific Findings

Studies by renowned institutions, including the University of California at Berkeley, Columbia University, and others, reported that chlorpyrifos has damaging effects on children’s developing brains. It can cause working memory loss, IQ reduction, and attention deficit disorders.

According to the Learning Disabilities Association of America’s rep, Tracy Gregoire, scientific studies have shown overwhelmingly terrible results at low levels. These studies showed how this pesticide can cause prenatal and early childhood disorders at even these levels. It causes disruption of children’s brain development that results in attention issues, lower IQ, behavioral issues, and developmental and learning disabilities.

The Legal Fight Against Chlorpyrifos

For years, health and labor organizations waged a campaign to revoke the use of chlorpyrifos. And during Trump’s administration, reports stated that there wasn’t enough evidence to determine whether this pesticide should be revoked. This decision led to a plethora of legal challenges. However, in April 2021, a ruling of a federal appellate court was that the onus was on the EPA to obtain indisputable proof that the pesticide is safe for children. The judge also stated that the food growers would be forbidden from using this pesticide if the agency fails to comply by August 20th.

And now, this legal war is over, and children from here on can eat safely. Also, if some agencies use this illegally, they will get hefty penalties and possible imprisonment. In Texas, for instance, a person using this unlawfully may get up to $10,000 in fines and at least two to 10 years in prison.

We can all relax some now for our children’s sakes when it comes to their health. There will be no more of this pesticide used, and this is just the beginning to alleviate other possible toxins from our diets. According to the published data on it is said that the effect of Celebrex on the ability to drive a car and work with mechanisms has not been studied. However, given the pharmacodynamic properties and features of the side effects of the drug, it is unlikely that a significant effect should be expected.