Objections to Recent EPA Ban on Chlorpyrifos

A coalition representing approximately 80 agricultural groups has filed formal objections to the recent Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) ban on the use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos on food crops.  The organophosphate is commonly used on many crops including soybeans and apples to control foliage and pests. The EPA imposed its ban in August citing potential neurological harm in children.  A coalition letter to the EPA expressed concerns with the process used by the agency to make this determination saying there was a lack of scientific basis for the decision.  Industry leaders say the ban could leave farmers with few alternatives for pest management and lead to millions of dollars in crop damage.  This is a controversial topic as health and environmental groups have sought the ban since late 2007.

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Posted on 2 November 2021