When it comes to pesticides, children are among the most vulnerable -- pound for pound, they drink 2.5X more water, eat 3-4X more food, and breathe 2X more air. They also face exposure in the womb and via breast milk.
A recent study out of Harvard linked low-level, dietary exposure to organophosphate pesticides (OP’s) with increased prevalence of ADHD in kids. It was all over the news -- as was the message, “therefore, buy organic.” Here’s the angle that didn’t get covered: most families cannot access organic food, and children in the families who grow our food face even more exposure to OP’s because they live, learn and play near agricultural fields.
Chlorpyrifos is an organophosphate insecticide. It’s a neurotoxin that presents particular dangers to the developing brains and bodies of children -- as do all OP’s. That’s why chlorpyrifos was banned for non-agricultural uses in 2001. Tell EPA it’s high time to finish that job – ban chlorpyrifos, once and for all.