Trump Protects Big Pharma’s Child Killer Pesticide

Evironmental Protection Agency rejects proposed ban on chlorpyrifos, despite growing evidence of its toxicity

Donald Trump with the administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler.
 Donald Trump with the administrator of the US Environmental Protection Agency, Andrew Wheeler. Photograph: Michael Reynolds/EPA

The US government has rejected a proposed ban on a toxic pesticide linked to brain damage in children, dismissing a growing body of research on the health hazards of a widely used agricultural chemical.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced in a ruling on Thursday that it supported farmers’ continued use of chlorpyrifos, a pesticide that growers have long sprayed on almonds, citrus, cotton, grapes, walnuts and other major crops in America. The decision, outlined in a response to a petition from environmental and public health groups, said “critical questions remained regarding the significance of the data” on neurological impacts on children.

The Trump administration’s endorsement of the pesticide comes years after the EPA under Obama moved to restrict use of the chemical, as scientists raised alarms. Trump’s EPA denied the conclusions of the agency’s own experts, and earlier this year, California defied the White House and announced its own state-level ban on the chemical.

“By allowing chlorpyrifos to stay in our fruits and vegetables, Trump’s EPA is breaking the law and neglecting the overwhelming scientific evidence that this pesticide harms children’s brains,” Patti Goldman, an attorney with Earthjustice, said in a statement, adding it was a “tragedy that this administration sides with corporations instead of children’s health”.

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  1. the news constantly keeps reporting misAdventures of Trump constantly and its not just that i think that I think that Trump is a repugnant pig but his constant Anti-Public actions keep making me shake my head in disbelief that this Repugnant Pig is constantly destroying the American Public ……..

    A few days ago news reel of RT also reported that the bill to reduce drugs prices in USA was vetoed by Trump , it’s such a shame that USA doesn’t have any developed goverment run universal Healthcare for ALL Americans and worse is that American drugs prices are exorbitant and then Trump does nothjing to reign in the Greedy Pharmacies grossly over charging Americans for the Medicines they need ……. Canada has Universal Government run Healthcare for ALL Canadians , I hope that never goes away ,…….

  2. Eugenics is alive and well. When the drug-thugs, the petrochemical conglom’s and the mic all hold hands while dancing dervish-like, remarkable events come to pass. E.g., Poppy-production (and its processing into heroin) has climbed 150% in the narco-state Af’nistan. This results in an O.D. death every couple of hours (+/-)and that’s just the US. So there are both immediate profits AND long-range “benefits” to be found in eugenics and these psychopaths are just getting warmed-up.

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