EPA Approves Pesticide Proven To Cause Brain Damage To Kids

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The Trump era EPA has green-lighted the use of a previously banned pesticide that has been proven to cause nervous system damage to children.

According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, EPA administrator Scott Pruitt — who sued the EPA on behalf of oil companies on more than a dozen occasions as Oklahoma’s Attorney General — has officially repealed an Obama-era regulation put in place in 2015, when the pesticide chlorpyrifos was found to be a leading cause of nerve damage in children.

Farmers are now free to spray chlorpyrifos on commonly eaten fruits, like apples, oranges, and other citrus fruits. The pesticide is also typically used on corn, wheat, soybeans, and tree nuts.

Mother Jones reported that in the Pesticide Encyclopedia, chlorpyrifos is described as “interrupting the electrochemical processes that nerves use to communicate with muscles and other nerves.” The National Institutes of Health also said the chemical can cause “adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects,” given its status as an endocrine disruptor.

There have been numerous studies on the effects of chlorpyrifos conducted by scientists from prestigious institutions like Colombia University, Emory University, and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine which said that even low doses of the pesticide have been proven to cause problems with brain development in children, and have even led to higher rates of autism and lower IQ levels. The chemical’s harm has been known for years, as chlorpyrifos was banned for use in the home by the EPA 17 years ago, as the agency deemed it unsafe for children.

Pruitt’s EPA defended the decision to repeal the regulation based on “serious scientific concerns and substantive process gaps” in the original proposal to end the use of the pesticide. In a press release, Pruitt celebrated the reintroduction of chlorpyrifos to our food supply as “sound science in decision-making.”

Pruitt basically says all the scientists doing all the previous experiments on this brain damage causing toxic chemical were liars.

“We need to provide regulatory certainty to the thousands of American farms that rely on chlorpyrifos, while still protecting human health and the environment,” Pruitt said. “By reversing the previous Administration’s steps to ban one of the most widely used pesticides in the world, we are returning to using sound science in decision-making – rather than predetermined results.”

It has become more important than ever to consider organic food as an alternative to pesticide sprayed, genetically modified food. If you are not able to grow your own food, know the source as best you can,  it could mean the life and health of you and your family.

(Article By Jeremiah Jones)

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