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Have you heard about chlorpyrifos?
Per Wikipedia “Chlorpyrifos is moderately toxic to humans, and exposure has been linked to neurological effects, persistent developmental disorders, and autoimmune disorders. Exposure during pregnancy retards the mental development of children, and most use in homes has been banned since 2001 in the U.S. In agriculture, it remains “one of the most widely used organophosphate insecticides”, according to the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).“
So this poison is still used in insecticides that are used on our food. This poison can be deadly to children and any who don’t have fully developed autoimmune disorders.
Read this and get ready to get angry. I have added bolding.
A toxic pesticide known to damage children’s brains is up for review by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).
Chlorpyrifos, which is marketed by Dow under several trade names, including Dursban and Lorsban, is a type of organophosphate insecticide. Introduced in 1965, it kills insects by interfering with the enzyme cholinesterase, which is essential for the proper working of the nervous systems of both humans and insects.
The EPA banned chlorpyrifos for household use in 2000 (though it is still allowed, in child-safe packaging, as bait for ants and roaches). It was also later banned for use on tomatoes and restricted for use on apples, citrus and nut trees.
So despite old and new research linking chlorpyrifos to neurological disorders, especially in children, the EPA continues to allow this toxic pesticide to be sprayed on parks, golf courses, farms where it drifts onto food.
In her recent article, “Pesticides, Birth Defects and Brain Damage in Children,” Dr. Janette Sherman, MD, says that chlorpyrifos “is a serious risk to health and intellect for people working and living in proximity to fields.” Sherman also said that detectable levels of chlorpyrifos in New York City children, raises the question of exposure via food.
The EPA maintains that the agency only allows “safe” levels of chlorpyrifos residue in food. According to a recent article in Grist:
But the idea that chlorppyrifos, or any other toxic chemical, is safe in low levels is a myth, according to research presented by Andre Leu, in his book The Myths of Safe Pesticides. Writing about endocrine disruptors, of which chlorpyrifos is one, Leu says:
The lowest doses of some chemicals can be more toxic instead of the least toxic. The current regulatory methodology of determining the ADI [Acceptable Daily Intake] by lowering the threshold level of exposure is therefore problematic. This threshold is determined on the assumption that all chemicals including pesticides continue to decrease in toxicity in a linear model. Very little actual testing has been done at these levels to verify that this assumption is correct when setting the ADI.
So while I have written articles against the EPA overreach, this is the very area for which the EPA was created and where we should ask them to act on our behalf and not the big companies!