1/3 – Visualizing Environmental Risk: Chlorpyrifos

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After the EPA announced the reversal of its decision to ban the harmful pesticide, Chlorpyrifos, Upstream Research took action. Chlorpyrifos is a toxic pesticide that attacks the nervous systems of insects and humans and is especially harmful to young children and pregnant women. The below excerpt from the National Pesticide Information Center outlines its harm:

“Researchers studied the blood of women who were exposed to chlorpyrifos and the blood of their children from birth for three years. Children who had chlorpyrifos in their blood had more developmental delays and disorders than children who did not have chlorpyrifos in their blood. Exposed children also had more attention deficit disorders and hyperactivity disorders.”

However, despite these findings the EPA still has decided not to ban the pesticide. Upon learning of their reversal, our team at Upstream Research worked to add a new dataset into Upstream Reports – presence of chlorpyrifos. Our website’s risk map now also includes an easily-searchable section on the agricultural use of the pesticide, which may be useful to people trying to find out if they or their children are at risk.


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