Sunday, April 02, 2017

Tale of a toxin

Start here.

Is the insecticide chlorpyrifos safe or not?  Dow Chemical says that the proof of this chemical's toxicity is not conclusive.

The scientists of the Environmental Protection Agency beg to differ.

But Scott Pruitt, head of the EPA, has decided to ignore the concerns of his agency's own researchers and reject a petition to ban chlorpyrifos anyway.

Agro-chemical companies and farmers say that this chemical protects crops, while scientists and environmental protection advocates say that children and farm workers can be poisoned by it.

Unfortunately, those most likely to suffer will now find out who's right the hard way.  :(


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