A recent New York study shows that chlorpyrifos—a harmful pesticide produced by Dow and widely used in industrial farming—is more detrimental to the mental health of boys than that of girls. This is the first study of its kind that provides compelling evidence that there is a strong link between prenatal exposure to insecticides and neurological developmental issues, specifically IQ levels detriment in boys.
Earthjustice is representing Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) and Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) in challenging the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s failure to make a decision on the banning of the pesticide chlorpyrifos. The toxic chemical is widely used in orchards and agricultural fields across the country. Exposure to the chemical has been linked to both short and long term health effects, such as headaches, seizures, low birth weights and developmental delays.
In September 2007, the environmental groups filed a petition with EPA asking the agency to ban chlorpyrifos. In the nearly three years since, the agency has not responded. Today’s lawsuit would force EPA to make a decision on the petition.
"This dangerous pesticide has no place in our fields, near our children, or on our food,” said Earthjustice attorney Kevin Regan. “We’re asking a court to rule so that EPA will finish the job and ban this poison."
You've probably never heard of the dangerous pesticide chlorpyrifos. But, according to CDC data, you probably have chlorpyrifos in your body—because you probably have been regularly exposed to it since you were developing in the womb.