In a perfect world, our taxpayer-funded federal government regulatory agencies wouldn’t allow chemical companies like Monsanto (now owned by Bayer) and DowDupont to poison us and our kids.
In the world we live in—where corporations can buy the laws that protect their obscene profits—we, the people, have to fight back against the poison cartel, starting in our own backyards.
The editorial also called out New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo for vetoing a bill that would have banned the chemical in his state, despite broad partisan support for the measure.
Noting that chlorpyrifos was originally developed by Nazis in World War II as a nerve gas, the Times editors called the continuing use of chlorpyrifos “surprising:"
"The health risks posed by continued spraying of chlorpyrifos are especially high for farmworkers and rural communities. But the E.P.A. has found that young children everywhere are exposed to the chemical—at levels 140 times higher than the agency’s safety threshold—through the simple act of eating."
A few states have been successful in banning chlorpyrifos. Meanwhile, no states have yet successfully banned glyphosate-based herbicides like Monsanto’s Roundup.
But thanks to the work of activists, some towns and schools are listening to the science, and to concerned citizens.
An article this week in Civil Eats highlights the work of some of those activists. It’s an inspiring read. And a roadmap for all of us who, faced with a leadership vacuum at the top, are determined to lead from the grassroots.