The Environmental Protection Agency was going to ban it, but Donald Trump canceled it. Now people are getting sick.
The pesticide, which is manufactured by Dow Chemical, is known as Vulcan and it uses a highly toxic ingredient called Chlorpyrifos. The EPA under President Obama had scheduled the ingredient to be banned from use in agriculture because of the danger it poses to human health. But Trump rescinded that order in March and excused it by saying that there is no evidence proving that Chlorpyrifos is harmful.
Of course, experts have repeatedly pointed out that the chemical causes brain damage in children. Furthermore, the National Institutes of Health have warned that it causes “adverse developmental, reproductive, neurological, and immune effects.”
Nevertheless, Trump’s EPA reversed the decision and then proceeded to brag about it and claim that the EPA is “returning to using sound science.”
By reversing the previous Administration’s steps to ban one of the most widely used pesticides in the world, we are returning to using sound science in decision-making – rather than predetermined results.”
Well, real-world evidence of just how toxic the chemical is just bit Trump on the ass.
Dozens of farm workers in California got sick after wind blew the pesticide over Dan Andrews Farms on Friday after Sun Pacific Farms used the chemical on their orchards the previous night.
We started getting an odor, pesticide odor, coming in from the mandarin orchards west of our field,” Supervisor and Food Safety Specialist Efron Zavalza told KTEG.
In all, 50 workers were exposed to the chemical. All of them left the fields but many did not stick around to get medical treatment. Those who did seek treatment reported vomiting and nausea. One person even passed out.
The exposure led to a statement from Kern County Public Health, which advised people to seek treatment as soon as possible.
Anybody that was exposed, that was here today, we encourage them to seek medical attention immediately. Don’t wait. Particularly if you’re suffering from any symptoms. Whether it’s nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, seek medical attention immediately.”
If that isn’t bad enough, just keep in mind that this poison is being used on food that people are going to eat.
And it’s all because Donald Trump and his EPA minions are science deniers who side with big business over people.
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