EPA bans all food uses of chlorpyrifos

Aug 20, 2021  | 2 min  | Ep4701

Keeping pests and weeds at bay and keeping everyone safe is all part of the job for farmers, ranchers and their employees. After a years-long legal battle, regulators have removed a pest control tool from more than a few toolboxes.

Peter Tubbs has more.

The Environmental Protection Agency announced Wednesday its intention to ban the insecticide chlorpyrifos in all food applications. 
Originally developed as an alternative to DDT, the insecticide attacks the nervous systems of a variety of insects that attack food crops both above and below the soil line. The insecticide has been linked to health problems in children.
Residential use of chlorpyrifos was banned in the United States in 2001, and it is banned for all uses in the European Union and California.
In December 2020, the Trump Administration proposed extending chlorpyrifos authorization for 15 years. The Biden Administration has reversed that decision. 
Agricultural uses of the insecticide have dropped 60 percent since 1992, and its use on corn has dropped almost 90 percent in the last 30 crop years.
For Market to Market, I’m Peter Tubbs


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