While we are worrying about our children’s health during the pandemic, let’s not forget about the pesticide epidemic which has been harming kids’ health for decades.
The insecticide chlorpyrifos was introduced by the Dow Chemical Company in 1965 and has been used widely in agriculture ever since.
It’s toxic to all of us, but pregnant women and their babies are particularly at risk. Prenatal exposures are linked to lower birth weight, reduced IQ, the loss of working memory, attention disorders and delayed motor development.
As of January 2020 the European Food Safety Authority banned sales of this chemical concluding that there is no safe exposure level.
But here in the U.S. this deadly insecticide is used on a wide variety of crops including apples, oranges, strawberries, corn, wheat, citrus and other “healthy” foods that we encourage our children to eat daily.
The current administration has repeatedly blocked attempts to take chlorpyrifos off the market. But the calls from consumer, medical and scientific groups are growing too loud to ignore.
This week in California, for instance, the parents of a young girl with autism, obesity and vision problems filed a lawsuit against Dow Chemical Company claiming that exposure to this powerful insecticide is the cause of her health problems
The time has come to take this poison out of our food system.