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Gillibrand Proposes Ban On School Meal Ingredients Containing Harmful Pesticide ‘Chlorpyrifos’

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Senator Kirsten Gillibrand yesterday (April 17) introduced a new bill to effectively eliminate a pesticide called ‘chlorpyrifos’ from food in school meals.

That’s a pesticide that’s sprayed on a wide variety of crops, like apples, oranges, strawberries, corn, and wheat. Studies from teh Environmental Protection Agency have linked it to developmental disabilities in children.

If passed, the new legislation would restrict schools from purchasing and serving food with even the lowest traces of this chemical.

Several studies have linked early-life exposure to chlorpyrifos to developmental disabilities in children.

From Gillibrand’s statement:

“In 2015, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) first proposed banning the usage of this chemical, and in 2016, it confirmed that there is enough evidence connecting the pesticide to neuro-developmental harm in children, even at low levels of exposure, to warrant a nationwide ban of the chemical.

This decision was reversed under former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt in 2017, against the advice of experts.”

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