For almost 10 years, EPA scientists have constantly warned the public and government executives against the allowance of pesticide Chlorpyrifos.
This dangerous, yet widely used chemical has been linked to health issues including brain damage in children and lowered IQs. It’s also been linked to drinking water contamination and environmental pollution. It’s not just farmers who are at risk either. Anyone who eats food or water contaminated by Chlorpyrifos can potentially by harmed.
Last year, EPA scientists released another assessment on the pesticide, revealing disturbing information. They said that all food and water exposure to this pesticide exceeds safe levels. The assessment also revealed that unsafe levels of the chemical have been found at multiple schools and homes. On top of that, they said that children were being exposed to 140 times the “safe” limit of the chemical, putting them at a high risk.
Despite all of this information, the newly appointed EPA director Scott Pruitt decided to reject the ban on Chlorpyrifos. Pruitt promised agriculture industry CEOs that he would continue to let them use the pesticide. He claimed that he would fight for the industry, apparently even if it meant compromising public health.
However, this information is not surprising to many. Before he became EPA director, Pruitt took thousands of dollars from the poultry industry. In his home state of Oklahoma, Pruitt fought for the benefit of the animal agriculture industry, even when their livestock had starting polluting their water by the tons. He even admitted to wanting to dismantle the EPA before becoming the head of the agency.
Because agriculture industry executives pushed to allow the use of Chlorpyrifos, it’s a safe bet that the chemical is in some, if not all of the produce at the average grocery store. Since the bureaucracy won’t protect our families from this harmful pesticide, taking precautions against exposure is vital for the public.
Before buying produce, do your research to ensure you’re not accidentally ingesting this harmful chemical. An easy way to limit your family’s exposure would be to consider buying locally, organically-grown produce from a farmer who doesn’t use the chemical on their crops.