September 16, 2021 — Federal regulators said they will ban the use of chlorpyrifos pesticides on food due to evidence of neurological side effects.
On August 18, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that it would stop the use of chlorpyrifos on food within 6 months.
The ban will “ensure children, farmworkers, and all people are protected from the potentially dangerous consequences of this pesticide,” said Administrator Michael S. Regan.
Chlorpyrifos is an insecticide that is sprayed on a wide range of crops, including soybeans, almonds, grapes, fruit trees, nut trees, broccoli, cauliflower, and other row crops, and more.
Unfortunately, it blocks an enzyme that can lead to neurotoxicity. It has also been associated with potential neurological effects in children, including developmental disorders in the brain.
Some studies have linked chlorpyrifos exposure to autism, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and dyslexia.
In recent months, several lawsuits have been filed against the manufacturers of chlorpyrifos — Dow Chemical Company and Corteva — by the families of children who were born with severe neurological injuries after being exposed to chlorpyrifos.