Tell the EPA to Ban Dow’s Child-Poisoning Chlorpyrifos!
Chlorpyrifos, better known as Dursban and Lorsban, is an neurotoxic organophosphate insecticide that has been linked with severe birth defects, brain damage and mental disorders in children. According to a study conducted in 2012, exposure to chlorpyrifos during early pregnancy produced permanent damage to the fetus' brain architecture.
Since 2000, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has banned chlorpyrifos for most household uses, as well as use on tomatoes, apples, citrus and nut trees. In 2012, the EPA banned the chemical from use around schools and other public spaces, though not from golf courses, parks and lawns.
But chlorpyrifos residues are still allowed on your children’s food.
TAKE ACTION! Tell the EPA to Ban Dow’s Child-Poisoning Chlorpyrifos!
After nearly a decade of negligence, backroom deals and frustrating court battles, the EPA is finally moving to ban Dow Agro Science’s chlorpyrifos from agricultural use.
It took nine years from the time Pesticide Action Network and the National Resources Defense Council submitted a petition to the EPA asking for a ban on chlorpyrifos that the EPA finally proposed its new rule. And even then, it took a court-ordered mandate to force the EPA to act.
The EPA’s new proposed rule would make any chlorpyrifos residues on food illegal, effectively banning its use in agriculture. The EPA will accept public comments on the new rule until midnight January 5, 2016.
The EPA didn’t reach this point willingly. And the agency could still delay. It wouldn’t be the first time Dow strong-armed the EPA into keeping this dangerous pesticide on the market longer than the agency recommended.
Here’s how Beyond Pesticides describes chlorpyrifos:
Chlorpyrifos is highly neurotoxic. It is a cholinesterase inhibitor, which means that it can bind irreversibly to acetylcholine esterase (AchE), an essential enzyme for normal nerve impulse transmission, inactivating the enzyme. Studies have documented that exposure to even low levels of organophosphates like chlorpyrifos during pregnancy can impair learning, change brain function, and alter thyroid levels of offspring into adulthood. The evidence of the neurotoxic dangers associated with chlorpyrifos’ exposure is extensive and consistent. See the Pesticide Induced-Disease Database (PIDD) for more information.
The EPA’s action on chlorpyrifos is long overdue. It’s time to protect the health of our children, not Dow’s bottom line.