Ban poisonous pesticide

By Ben Brown

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The nerve gas chlorpyrifos is seriously toxic. It damages the brain, reduces I.Q., causes tremors, is linked to lung cancer—you get the picture. But it is also a popular pesticide and the EPA refused a total ban on the chemical, which is already banned for indoor use.

We can thank lobbying for that! Dow Chemical Company spent $1 million on Trump’s inauguration, and $10M per year for the last 5 years. The EPA rejected the already planned ban on the use of the gas for agricultural and outdoor use. So, the toxic substance will continue to be used on golf courses, road medians, on crops…yes, we’ll literally EAT this stuff.

Our health should not be compromised for the sake of industry profit. Speak out against corporate lobbying, against the use of toxic substances—against the EPA not doing its job. Tell your reps to enact the ban on nerve gas/pesticide chlorpyrifos!

(NYT)

 

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