Dow Chemical Wants Farmers to Keep Using a Pesticide Linked to Autism and ADHD

Posted: January 14, 2017 in Uncategorized

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Source: The Intercept

In 2014, the first and most comprehensive look at the environmental causes of autism and developmental delay, known as the CHARGE study, found that the nearby application of agricultural pesticides greatly increases the risk of autism. Women who lived less than a mile from fields where chlorpyrifos was sprayed during their second trimesters of pregnancy, as Magda did, had their chances of giving birth to an autistic child more than triple. And it was just one of dozens of recent studies that have linked even small amounts of fetal chlorpyrifos exposure to neurodevelopmental problems, including ADHD, intelligence deficits, and learning difficulties.

On November 10, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency issued a groundbreaking report laying out the serious dangers of chlorpyrifos. The “Chlorpyrifos Revised Human Health Risk Assessment,” as it was called, laid out the evidence that the pesticide can cause intelligence deficits and attention, memory, and motor problems in children. According to the report, 1- and 2-year-old children risk exposures from food alone that are 14,000 percent above the level the agency now thinks is safe.

Dow, the giant chemical company that patented chlorpyrifos and still makes most of the products containing it, has consistently disputed the mounting scientific evidence that its blockbuster chemical harms children. But the government report made it clear that the EPA now accepts the independent science showing that the pesticide used to grow so much of our food is unsafe. The “pre-publication copy” of the report stated that “residues of chlorpyrifos on most individual food crops exceed the ‘reasonable certainty of no harm’ safety standard under the Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act,” which means, in simple terms, that any given sample of food may contain harmful levels of chlorpyrifos. In addition, estimated drinking water and non-drinking water exposures to the chemical also exceed safety standards. The next step was to finalize a chlorpyrifos ban.

Public health advocates have been calling on the EPA to ban the pesticide for years. Four months before the report came out, a group of 47 scientists and doctors with expertise in children’s brain development, including the director of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, issued a grave warning that toxic chemicals in the environment were increasing children’s risks of developing behavioral, cognitive, and social disorders and contributing to the rise in cases of autism and ADHD. The TENDR statement, as it was called, included a list of the worst neurotoxins and amounted to a desperate plea for immediate action. Organophosphate pesticides, the class of chemical to which chlorpyrifos belongs, was at the top of the list. . .

Source: Dow Chemical Wants Farmers to Keep Using a Pesticide Linked to Autism and ADHD

Comments
  1. futuret says:

    IT IS MY UNDERSTANDING THAT DOW MAY HAVE MERGED WITH DUPONT, AS BAYER HAS MERGED WITH MONSANTO??? REALLY GOVERNMENTS AND CORPORATIONS, SHOULD NOT ONLY GET OUT OF OUR LIVES, BUT OUR BODIES AS WELL, SOON THEY SHOULD BE COMING FOR OUR SOULS. THERE ARE OTHER MEASURES THAT NEED TO BE IN PLACE, SINCE OUR SOIL HAS BECOME CORRUPT:

    https://ssir.org/articles/entry/designing_a_renewable_food_system

  2. Rudolf says:

    Reblogged this on rudolfblog and commented:
    Due to Chemtrails environment’s (air & soil) pollution, a ‘little chem corp’, unknown the the most…Monsanto…has registered a patent – and started selling – Soy seeds resisting the high aluminum levels on the soil. Oy!
    https://arteruffini.wordpress.com/monsanto-e-ogm/

  3. What’s truly amazing of U.S. government policy toward chemicals is that a company that wants to market a new chemical can “self-certify” by saying it has tested the chemical and found it “safe” — there is no need for independent studies. So rather than a corporation having to prove something is safe before it is sold, it has to be proven unsafe after it is in use.

  4. Sadly the same is true in New Zealand – which has led to extremely extravagant use of harmful chemicals. Here in Taranaki, the oil and gas industry certifies that fracking waste is “safe” so they discharge it into the water supply and spread it on pasture for dairy cows to eat. With the small, fairly homogeneous population of New Zealand, we already see the impact of five decades of toxic exposure – with astronomical rates of cancer and and autism. Thanks for commenting.

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