Watch out but 30 million pounds of brain-damaging pesticides are expected to be sprayed on crops in the U.S. in the next 5 years – due to one man, Scott Pruitt, the relatively new Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator.
In an eleventh-hour decision, Mr. Pruitt decided to side with the pesticide manufacturer Dow Chemical against the EPA’s move to ban the inclusion of chlorpyrifos in pesticides. This controversial move by the EPA was based on previous studies indicating that chlorpyrifos, an insecticide, is linked to damage of children’s brains and nervous systems at regular, small doses.
If Pruitt had stood by the EPA’s scientists and forgot his previous connections with Big Pharma (Pruitt was appointed EPA head even with his strong links with Big Pharma), then the majority of American citizens wouldn’t have to worry about their health and the health of their children in the next 5 years.
Previous studies show that chlorpyrifos can destroy parts of the brain that relate to memory, language, emotions, and behavior. Multiple independent studies also show that exposure to chlorpyrifos inhibits the development of children’s IQ.
The Long Slow History of the Chlorpyrifos Ban at the EPA
How Scott Pruitt managed to reverse the EPA’s sentiments from being anti-chlorpyrifos to pro-chlorpyrifos is everybody’s guess. History shows that since November 2016, the EPA had publicly printed in its website that chlorpyrifos shows “risks from dietary exposure (i.e., residues of chlorpyrifos on food crops) and drinking water. “ It had also concluded that chlorpyrifos “shows risks to workers who mix, load, and apply chlorpyrifos pesticide products.”
Then, Scott Pruitt was appointed by the Senate as EPA Administrator, despite his ties with big companies. Pruitt meets secretly on March 9 with Dow’s CEO at a Houston hotel to discuss Dow’s petition to reverse the negative findings of EPA regarding chlorpyrifos’s effects on health.
On April 5, 2017, just slightly over a year ago, the EPA denied a petition filed by the Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) and the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) ten years before to revoke all registrations and tolerances for the use of chlorpyrifos in pesticides, especially those used on food crops and water.
This move by the EPA was a blow against all humanity; it’s as if the government just overlooked the dangerous impact of this chemical on everyone’s health. EPA studies show that typical exposure of chlorpyrifos to babies is five times higher than allowed. Likewise, exposure of the chemical to toddlers and older children is about 11 to 15 times above what is deemed safe. For pregnant women, it is five times higher than what is allowed for the developing fetus.
Even the American Academy of Pediatrics, an association of 60,000 doctors servicing babies and children, had clamored for Pruitt to reconsider his decision and proceed with the ban.
Currently, the EPA says that they are still studying chlorpyrifos and will continue to review the science behind it and the ramifications of its impact on human and environmental health. In the meantime, data from the U.S. Geological Survey roughly estimated about 6 million pounds of chlorpyrifos were applied to U.S. farms throughout 2015. Since the next review of chlorpyrifos is scheduled for 2022, we can be assured that about 30 million pounds of chlorpyrifos continue to be applied throughout U.S.’s farmlands.
By the end of the five-year period, we would have more cases of cancer, genetic anomalies among our children; a surge of chronic, debilitating diseases, etc.
But here in the Philippines, we don’t need to wait for 2022. It’s already happening NOW.
Let’s be informed about the dangers of chlorpyrifos in our agricultural products and to ourselves. If you’d like to read up more on the subject, check out our websites at www.drfarrahcancercenter.com and at www.treatingcancer.org.