The Chlorpyrifos Ban Is a Win for Science—and Children

NRDC advocates and our partners spent decades fighting against a highly toxic pesticide that harms kids, farmworkers, and their families. In August, the EPA finally banned it.

September 17, 2021 Nicole Greenfield


Back in 1989, a groundbreaking NRDC report called Intolerable Risk detailed the perils children faced just by dutifully eating their fruits and vegetables. “These staples of children's diets routinely, and lawfully, contain dangerous amounts of pesticides, which pose an increased risk of cancer, neurobehavioral damage, and other health problems,” its summary stated. “Although solutions are at hand, little is being done by the government to protect children from the intolerable risk to their health posed by pesticide residues in food.”

Thirty-two years later, after dozens of scientific studies and relentless pressure from NRDC and other public health, farmworker, and community advocacy groups, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) finally banned chlorpyrifos, one of the most toxic and widely used pesticides on the market


 

Did you know deadly toxic mercury pollution is documented in 2021 by Oxford University earth scientists to stay airborne up to one year?


~18 - 20 million artisanal miners all largely having undiagnosed mercury poisoning use mercury to amalgamate the gold which is vaporized at a high temperature to extract gold from ore in ~80 Countries which supply 20% of the world's gold used to make our jewellery, our iPads, iPhones, computers, and other electronics devices releasing 2,000 tonnes of mercury to our environment annually.


The morbid irony is the same mercury vaporized by artisanal miners is polluting the air we all breathe, contaminating our drinking water, polluting the Oceans we swim, poisoning the fish we consume causing health issues, and global biodiversity destruction.


December 17, 2020, UK Super Mega Rock Star @robbiewilliams reported he 'almost died’ from mercury poisoning over his seafood habit. He had the highest level of mercury in his body ever recorded in UK.



A Solution; the use of "manipueira" bitter cassava plant-based extract, an option to replace mercury used in ore processing.




There are 87 mercury amalgamation processing centers situated along one-square mile on the Calera and Amarillo riverbanks collectively responsible for the annual discharge of 1.9 million tonnes of acidic toxic tailings surface sludge waste.


This annual toxic pollutant is laden with 222 kg of mercury a deadly neurotoxin, 2,033 tonnes of cyanide, mercury-cyanide complexes, arsenic, lead, and other heavy metals which is poured directly into the rivers to empty 350 Km west into the Pacific Ocean poisoning the fish we consume, especially the tuna where mercury bioaccumulates the most.


These centers are responsible for the release of 303 kg of mercury to our atmosphere annually from vaporizing the gold-mercury amalgam to recover gold used for consumer gratification.

 

To make a sustainable change, we have initiated climate action in Ecuador’s Portovelo-Zaruma mining district 1,200 meters high up in the Amazon Andes.


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