[permaculture] Largest maker of pesticide linked to brain damage in kids to stop producing chemical | Environment | The Guardian

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Fri Feb 7 01:08:14 EST 2020


Largest maker of pesticide linked to brain damage in kids to stop producing
chemical | Environment | The Guardian
https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2020/feb/06/chlorpyrifos-pesticide-corteva-trump-administration

The world’s largest manufacturer of chlorpyrifos, an agricultural pesticide
<https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/08/california-pesticide-ban-chlorpyrifos-agriculture>
linked to brain damage in children, has announced that it will stop
producing the chemical by the end of the year.

The announcement on Thursday by Corteva, the corporation formed from a Dow
Chemical and DuPont merger, comes after the Trump administration reversed
regulatory plans to ban the pesticide
<https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/08/california-pesticide-ban-chlorpyrifos-agriculture>
and rejected
<https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/29/us/politics/epa-insecticide-chlorpyrifos.html?_r=0>
the scientific conclusions of US government experts.

Chlorpyrifos has been widely used on corn, soybeans, almonds, citrus,
cotton, grapes, walnuts and other crops, but research has repeatedly found
serious health effects in children, including impaired brain
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/apr/05/environmentalists-sue-epa-pesticide-chlorpyrifos>
development
<https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/apr/05/environmentalists-sue-epa-pesticide-chlorpyrifos>.
Environmental groups have long advocated for its ban, and the state of
California, which grows the majority of the nation’s fruits and nuts,
defied Trump and banned
<https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2019/may/08/california-pesticide-ban-chlorpyrifos-agriculture>
the chemical last year.


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