One less pesticide

After fifty years a widely-used pesticide will soon be removed.


Chlorpyrifos is a poison developed by Nazis to be used in chemical warfare. Like many such chemicals it later found use as an agricultural pesticide. Despite the fact that it is linked to nervous system damage and is particularly harmful to the unborn, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has consistently refused to ban it.

But in April, years of work on the part of nonprofit organizations and a series of lawsuits have proved effective. The 9th Circuit Count of Appeals in San Francisco issued a ruling that noted, “the EPA’s time is now up,” and ordered that chlorpyrifos can only be used on food in applications that are safe for workers and children.
Earthjustice writes, “Chlorpyrifos is acutely toxic and associated with neurodevelopmental harms in children. Prenatal exposures to chlorpyrifos are associated with lower birth weight, reduced IQ, loss of working memory, attention disorders, and delayed motor development.”