The nerve gas sprayed on our fruit
The fruit and vegetables eaten by American families may be contaminated with a nerve gas originally developed by Nazi Germany, says Nicholas Kristof. It’s a pesticide called chlorpyrifos, made by Dow Chemical, and studies have found that it damages the brain, reduces IQ, and has been linked to lung cancer and Parkinson’s disease. The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) banned chlorpyrifos – or as I prefer to call it, “Dow’s Nerve Gas Pesticide” – for indoor residential use 17 years ago, and was finally preparing to ban it for agricultural and outdoor use this year. But, after Dow donated $1m to President Trump’s inauguration committee, the EPA reversed course. So chlorpyrifos will keep getting sprayed on the food Americans eat and on golf courses, so it trickles into the water they drink. Toxic chemicals can already be found in nearly all of our bodies, and could be playing a role in the growing epidemic of lowered sperm counts and infertility, developmental disorders, cancer and other serious maladies. While everyone is “diverted by the daily White House fireworks”, this administration “is handing the keys of our regulatory apparatus” to the American Chemistry Council and other industry groups. It will be a lasting and toxic legacy.