Pesticide Causing Neurotoxicity Needs Urgent Ban Across the World

Exposure to an oft used pesticide is being now banned globally, with just a little resistance coming from the US.

Chlorpyrifos, a widely used agricultural pesticide is known to be an effective tool for plant protection is approved and used in more than 100 countries. In 2000, it came in the limelight, responsible for contributing to neurotoxicity, by the US, for household use. But an independent study recently conducted suggests that a complete full stop should be put to its use citing the same issues. The indirect consumption of the pesticide laced food is proven to increase the risk of neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in pregnant women and infants.

chlorpyrifos can enter your system when you naturally breathe dust that drifts from nearby fields into homes and schools. Chlorpyrifos readily evaporates from leaf and soil surfaces to become airborne and, once in this gas form, can migrate. Farm workers are at risk through on-the-job exposure.

Several countries have already enforced the ban. Understanding the general hazard due to the very nature of certain pesticides in intensifying neurotoxicity in individuals. The chlorpyrifos case has pushed the envelope to start probe in other equally dangerous pesticides.

Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has been in a long struggle to put an end to this pesticide’s use. In agriculture altogether due to staggering evidence against it that has been on a rise for years. Parts of US, the Middle East have imposed the ban. The embargo is under way in both the European Union and Australia.