Cornucopia’s Take: Chlorpyrifos is a commonly used organophosphate insecticide in conventional agriculture, linked to lower IQs and levels of gray matter in children exposed prenatally. It was initially approved for use by the EPA based on industry analysis of its safety. When EPA scientists determined the analysis was problematic, EPA management ignored their concerns. In 2015, chlorpyrifos was slated to be banned, but the Trump administration reversed the decision. Last summer, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals ordered the EPA to ban the toxin, although the EPA has appealed the decision. Newly published research shows the problems with the data used to approve the chemical. The best way to avoid exposure to this harmful pesticide is to eat an organic diet.
Industry studies show evidence of bias and misleading conclusions on widely used insecticide: Scientists
Environmental Health News
by Brian Bienkowski
Data just doesn’t add up behind industry conclusions on chlorpyrifos— a controversial insecticide linked to brain impacts for children.
Researchers who examined Dow Chemical Company-sponsored animal tests performed two decades ago on the insecticide chlorpyrifos found inaccuracies in what the company reported to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency compared to what the data showed.
And, according to internal EPA communication, agency scientists also had issues with the study interpretations, yet the agency approved the compound for continued use anyway.
“EPA staff scientists and staff were telling management there were problems,” said Jennifer Sass, senior scientist with the Natural Resources Defense Council, who was not involved in the current study but has worked on issues related to toxics, including chlorpyrifos, for decades.
“And management disregarded it.”
Those 20-year-old industry studies are still used by regulatory agencies such as the EPA and the European Food Safety Authority in approving continued use of the controversial insecticide, which is used on beans, citrus, corn, cotton, wheat and soybeans. Read Full Article »