In 2020, a Pesticide Linked to Brain Damage in Children Is Effectively Banned in California

Hawaii is the only other state
to ban chlorpyrifos.

By early next year, California will ban the use of a pesticide that state environmental officials believe causes brain damage and other health defects in children.

According to NPR, “Under an agreement reached with Corteva Agriscience, the maker of chlorpyrifos, sales of the pesticide will end Feb. 6, 2020, and agricultural growers will not be allowed to possess or use it after Dec. 31, 2020.

“For years, environmental justice advocates have fought to get the harmful pesticide chlorpyrifos out of our communities,” Gov. Gavin Newsom said in a statement. “Thanks to their tenacity and the work of countless others, this will now occur faster than originally envisioned. This is a big win for children, workers and public health in California.”

Chlorpyrifos is used primarily on crops such as alfalfa, almonds, citrus, cotton, grapes and walnuts.

Read more about the pesticide and its upcoming ban here.

 

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