The EPA Will Not Ban a Pesticide That Can Harm Kids’ Brains

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Research has shown that exposure to even small amounts of chlorpyrifos can slow children’s brain development.

Because chlorpyrifos is ubiquitous, farmers call it the “Coca-Cola of growers.” They use it on corn, wheat, soybeans, strawberries, walnuts, and more than half the apples and broccoli sold in the United States.

Casey Williams is a freelance writer covering climate, environment, and labor politics. He has written for The New York Times, HuffPost, VICE and more.

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