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EPA Refuses to Ban Neurotoxic Pesticide Found in 87 Percent of Newborns by Dr Mercola

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Exposure to pesticides, herbicides and insecticides has dramatically increased since the introduction of genetically engineered (GE) crops. Urine output of glyphosate, the active ingredient in the herbicide Roundup, shot up by more than 1,200 percent between 1993 and 2016.1 Unfortunately, glyphosate is not the only chemical of concern.

Chlorpyrifos (sold under the trade name Lorsban) — an organophosphate insecticide known to disrupt brain development and cause brain damage, neurological abnormalities, reduced IQ and aggressiveness in children — is another.,3 In adults, the chemical has been linked to Parkinson’s disease4,5 and lung cancer.6

Chlorpyrifos has been in use since 1965, and is commonly used on staple crops such as wheat and corn, as well as fruits and vegetables, including nonorganic citrus, apples, cherries, strawberries, broccoli, cauliflower and dozens of others. Since the chemical has a half-life of several months and can remain on sprayed foods for up to several weeks,7 nonorganic foods are a major source of exposure.

Importantly, nonorganic, non-grass fed meats are likely to be loaded with this chemical, since conventional feed consists primarily of genetically and/or conventionally-raised grains such as corn. This is yet another reason to make sure you feed your family grass fed meats and animal products, especially your young children. Chlorpyrifos is also a commonly found water contaminant, and has even been found in indoor air.8

Children experience greater exposure to chemicals pound-for-pound than adults, and have an immature and porous blood-brain barrier that allows greater chemical exposures to reach their developing brain. Needless to say, the results can be devastating and, indeed, many agricultural and industrial chemicals have been found to affect children’s brain function and development specifically.

Decadelong Effort to Ban Chlorpyrifos Fall Through

Permissible uses of chlorpyrifos was limited in the year 2000, at which time the chemical was banned for use in homes, schools, day care facilities, parks, hospitals, nursing homes and malls. However, agricultural use remained, and it can still be used on golf courses and road medians.

Scientists at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) actually pushed for a complete ban on chlorpyrifos, as its dangers are well-documented, and the chemical is in fact classified as a neurotoxin, as it disrupts communication between brain cells. Research shows that living within 1 mile of chlorpyrifos-treated fields increases a woman’s risk of having an autistic child by 300 percent.9,10

Story at-a-glance

  • A petition to ban chlorpyrifos on food was filed over a decade ago. In March, Scott Pruitt, head of the EPA, issued an order denying the petition to revoke all tolerances for chlorpyrifos on food
  • Chlorpyrifos is an organophosphate insecticide known to disrupt brain development and cause brain damage, neurological abnormalities, reduced IQ and aggressiveness in children
  • Chlorpyrifos is commonly used on staple crops such as wheat and corn, as well as nonorganic fruits and vegetables. With a half-life on food of several weeks, nonorganic foods are a major source of exposure
  • A study measuring chlorpyrifos levels in women and children living in an agricultural community found measurable levels in 70.5 percent of maternal blood samples and 87.5 percent of cord blood samples
  • Government-funded studies also show chlorpyrifos poses serious risks to 97 percent of endangered animals in the U.S.

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