As kids go back to school, a common pesticide used on everything from strawberries to apples and broccoli poses a considerable risk to children and brain development.Chlorpyrifos is a pesticide produced by Dow Chemical. It’s linked to neurological damage in fetuses and young children. In 2015, EPA scientists recommended a total ban of the pesticide, based off of growing scientific evidence of its harm. One study concluded, “even low to moderate levels of exposure to the insecticide chlorpyrifos during pregnancy may lead to long-term, potentially irreversible changes in the brain structure of the child.”But last year, shortly after former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt met with the CEO of DOW Chemical, the EPA abruptly reversed the proposed ban on chlorpyrifos, ignoring the advice of its own scientists.Tell the EPA: Listen to scientists and ban chlorpyrifos!
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