Two new reports related to pesticide use in the U.S. caught our eye this week.
The first is an analysis released by the Center for Biological Diversity reveals how the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)—which really ought to be renamed the U.S. Chemical Industry Protection Agency—is on a roll when it comes to greenlighting new, and potentially dangerous, chemicals.
According to the analysis, from 2017-2018, the EPA approved 69 new pesticide products containing an ingredient the EPA recognizes as a “known” or “likely” carcinogen.
The other study, out of the University of Iowa College of Public Health, suggests that people who have high levels of exposure to pyrethroid insecticides are three times more likely to die of cardiovascular disease than people with low or no exposure. Pyrethroid insecticides are used on some vegetables and fruits, including strawberries.
University of Iowa researchers said their study included adults who never worked in agriculture, which means that the findings have “relevance for the general public.”
If only our government regulatory agencies found this, and other studies like it, “relevant.”