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California Tightens Restrictions on Controversial Pesticide Chlorpyrifos

Chlorpyrifos, marked by Dow Chemical under names like Dursban and Lorsban, has been repeatedly linked to human health issues, especially in children, like increased rates of autism and decreased intelligence. On the environmental side, it’s known to be toxic to bees as well as to some aquatic animals like shrimp. With Pruitt unwilling to take steps to ban the insecticide (even meeting with Dow Chemical before making his decision), smaller agencies are taking matters into their own hands.

 

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Sales of organic fresh produce items reached nearly $5 billion in 2017, an 8% increase from the previous year, according to data released by the Organic Produce Network (OPN) and Nielsen. Overall, nearly 2 billion pounds of organic produce were sold in grocery stores last year, which is a 10% volume increase[…]

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Effective December 15, 2017, the Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) is adding chlorpyrifos (CAS No. 2921-88-2) and n-hexane (CAS No. 110-54-3) to the list of chemicals known to the state to cause reproductive toxicity for purposes of the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986.   Read more

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