ECOWATCH: “Trump’s EPA Won’t Ban Brain-Damaging Pesticide”

“Siding with pesticide corporations over the health and well-being of kids is the new normal at the EPA. Today’s decision underscores the sad truth that as long as the Trump administration is in charge, this EPA will favor the interests of the chemical lobby over children’s safety.” 

Ken Cook – President, Environmental Working Group

 

President Donald Trump‘s U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will not ban the agricultural use of chlorpyrifos, a toxic pesticide that the EPA’s own scientists have linked to brain damage in children.

The decision, announced Thursday, was a response to a petition from public health and environmental groups who had pushed for a ban. The agency ruled that “critical questions remained regarding the significance of the data” on the pesticide’s health effects.

The ruling is the latest in a series of Trump EPA decisions that weaken chemical safety rules. In April, it opted against a full ban on asbestos in favor of restrictions that critics say could usher in new uses. Also this year, it issued restrictions on a paint-stripping chemical that were weaker than a ban proposed during the Obama years. Finally, just last week, it widely expanded the use of the pesticide sulfoxaflor, which its own scientists have shown can harm bees.

“Siding with pesticide corporations over the health and well-being of kids is the new normal at the EPA,” Environmental Working Group President Ken Cook said in a statement. “Today’s decision underscores the sad truth that as long as the Trump administration is in charge, this EPA will favor the interests of the chemical lobby over children’s safety.”

The EPA’s decision came after a federal court ordered the agency to make a final call on the ban by mid-July. Chlorpyrifos has been banned for home use since 2000, but farmers have continued to spray it on crops like apples, strawberries, broccoli and corn. The Obama administration had initiated a ban on agricultural uses of the pesticide, but Trump’s EPA reversed it, setting off a legal battle with environmental advocates. In the absence of federal action, states have moved against the pesticide on their own. Hawaii became the first state to ban chlorpyrifos in 2018, and California announced it would ban the chemical in May. New York is also moving towards a ban.

Research has linked chlorpyrifos exposure to lower IQ, memory loss, breathing problems and increased risk of autism in babies born to mothers who lived near farms where it was sprayed.

“What we have with chlorpyrifos is multiple academic research projects that have shown that actual children who actually live in California are being harmed by this chemical,” said Center for Environmental Health senior scientist Caroline Cox. “It’s pretty rare that you have that kind of evidence for any toxic chemical.”

So how was the EPA able to decide that the science wasn’t conclusive? The ruling was a direct consequence of former EPA administrator Scott Pruitt‘s decision to limit the kinds of studies that regulators could use to make decisions.

Under Mr. Pruitt, the agency proposed a rule saying it could not consider scientific researchunless the raw data behind it was made public, saying the issue was a matter of transparency. Scientists argued that studies measuring human exposure to pesticides and other chemicals often rely on confidential health information and argued the E.P.A.’s real motivation was to restrict the ability to develop regulations.

In opting not to ban chlorpyrifos, the E.P.A. rejected a major study conducted by Columbia University on its effects on children in New York City. The E.P.A. said because it was unable to obtain the raw data and replicate that study, which linked the insecticide to developmental delays, it could not independently verify the conclusions.

The 12 groups who brought the petition against the EPA vowed to keep fighting.

“We will continue to fight until chlorpyrifos is banned and children and farmworkers are safe from this dangerous chemical,” they said in a joint statement reported by Earthjustice, the legal organization that represented the groups.

Former senior EPA attorney Kevin Minoli thought that federal courts would ultimately rule in favor of a ban.

“To me, this starts the clock on the use of chlorpyrifos on food crops in the US.”

 

~via EcoWatch.com

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S.D. WELLS: “Top 8 Labels NOBODY Reads Even Though The Products Contain Neurotoxic And Carcinogenic Agents That Cause Severe Health Damage”

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First, realize that you cannot count all the times you’ve read the label on food products to check for ingredients you did not want to consume. Some people have severe allergies to nuts, dairy, gluten, MSG or aspartame – and the list goes on. Other people just want to avoid processed and synthetic ingredients that damage health, deplete energy, or simply cause headaches and stomach aches. Some folks just don’t want to get fat so they avoid sugar, saturated fats, artificial sweeteners and hydrogenated oils. But what if you found out that most depression and anxiety is caused by toxins in food, water and medications?

Wow! What if you found out that most cases of autism, Asperger’s syndrome, dementia and cancer all come from consuming pesticides and injecting mercury and aluminum into muscle tissue, over and over again?

Why don’t medical doctors talk about this?

They can’t. The AMA, FDA and CDC would shut them down, and medical boards would take away their medical licenses. Why is this information never publicized in the national media? Because the sponsors sell those chemicals in their products. How long has this been going on? Answer: 100 years. The AMA, FDA and CDC have been working in tandem to keep consumers blinded to the truth. Toxic food and toxic tap water drive people, over time, into the hands of medical doctors who know that their clients weren’t born sick and dying. It’s a money-making agenda that flies under the radar of most consumers.

The most insane part of it all is that most of the toxins are listed on the ingredients of foods, drinks and medicines, but there seems to be certain genres of these that go largely ignored, or trusted or both. Has the mass media simply brainwashed people into thinking that everything advertised on television and in newspapers is safe? We all know that fast food is horrible for your health, yet there are no ingredient lists printed on those packages – and why not? Would you even read them if there were?

It’s time to adjust your personal “radar” controls and start detecting all the poison out there. It’s easy. All you have to do is read the labels on everything that you do not read right now. Never assume anything sold in America is safe to eat, drink, put on your body or inject into it. You don’t have to be allergic to something for it to cause health detriment in the long run. Filter chemicals from your daily intake, and you filter disease and disorder from your life. It’s as simple as that.

Here are the top eight labels nobody reads, even though neurotoxic and carcinogenic agents that cause severe health damage are printed right there in plain sight!

#1. Flu shots: Influenza vaccines often contain shocking amounts of mercury (listed as thimerosal), MSG, formaldehyde (embalming fluid for the dead) and aluminum (major cause of Alzheimer’s disease).

#2. Vaccines: The MMR vaccine has been implicated as a major cause of autism, and the HPV vaccine causes girls to go into anaphylactic shock and comas. Watch out! Read the vaccine package insert ingredients and warnings and you’ll probably never consider a toxic jab of any kind again!

#3. Artificial sweeteners: Yes, they are synthetic. Watch out for aspartame, sucralose and sorbitol, the toxic trio that cause IBS, anxiety and depression.

#4. Sunscreen and suntan lotions: What better way to give yourself skin cancer than to block out the healthy vitamin D from the sun and lock in body toxins by spreading more toxins all over yourself. Watch for parabens, phthalates and petroleum!

#5. Desserts: Sure, desserts are about enjoying some sweet, delicious foods, but that doesn’t mean that sugar has to contain pesticides. Avoid GMO, artificial food dyes, artificial sweeteners and corn sugar (HFCS) at all costs. Eat organic desserts or make your own using quality ingredients.

#6. Mouthwash and toothpaste: Here is a key area where the manufacturers love to trick everybody. Watch out for toxins like fluoride, artificial sweeteners and bleach.

#7. Diet foods: Take the “die” out of your diet and never eat artificial sweeteners; they make you hungrier, anxious, depressed and fat! Imagine that. They do the exact opposite of what they are advertised to do. Read the labels.

#8. Salad dressings, including some organic ones: Yep. Organic canola and organic soy are oxymorons. No soy, unless it is fermented, should be consumed by humans. Also, canola comes from rapeseed, which is toxic to all animals – even if it’s organic. Avoid canola oil at all costs. Choose organic olive oil and organic coconut oil as your alternatives here.

Pretend you’re allergic to everything that’s not natural, and watch your health, energy and intelligence skyrocket

Read every single label and every single ingredient on everything you consume, and filter out every chemical you can find. If you can’t eat it, it doesn’t belong on your skin, hair or nails either. You shouldn’t have to inject medicine into muscle tissue to build immunity. Immunity comes naturally from consuming organic foods, herbs and superfoods. Ask a naturopathic physician to run a hair (or urine) analysis for you to determine if you have allergies to certain ingredients or vitamin and mineral deficiencies. Nothing kills immunity and health faster than consuming pesticides, so avoid genetically modified foods at all costs.

Learn about heavy metal toxins lurking in foods, water and medicines by checking out Mike Adams’ newly released best-selling science book, Food Forensics.

~via NaturalNews.com