The documentary recently released, Poison circleexplores the idea coined for the first time in the 1981 book of the same name: once a pesticide is banned in the United States for its dangerous effects on health and the environment, companies are still authorized to manufacture it only for export . These toxic pesticides then circulate around the world and return to the US. UU As waste in imported foods.
Since the release of the film and Trump's election, reports have increased on issues related to the poison circle. For example, the New York Times did an extensive report about a pesticide that is prohibited in Great Britain, but that is still manufactured for export to countries like the USA. UU The poison circle has taken new forms around the world, and there are three recent developments in particular that should make all US citizens. UU seriously worried
1) Trump's EPA revoked a decision by the Obama administration to ban a toxic pesticide.
In one of his first acts as head of the Environmental Protection Agency, Scott Pruitt. rejected a petition filed ten years ago to ban all uses of the toxic pesticide chlorpyrifos. Under the Obama administration, EPA scientists concluded that exposure to chlorpyrifos could have significant health consequences and concluded that the chemical should be banned. Speaking to the New York Times On Pruitt's decision, the former head of the EPA chemical safety unit said: "They are ignoring the science that is quite solid." He added that "he believed that the decision would put agricultural workers and children at unnecessary risk."
2) DOW Chemical, the company that sells the pesticide, donated $ 1 million to subscribe Trump's inaugural festivities and its CEO is a close adviser to Trump.
DOW Chemical sells Approximately 5 million pounds of chlorpyrifos in the United States each year, and is one of the most commonly used pesticides in the United States. Originally derived from a nerve gas developed by Nazi Germany and environmental organizations have been expressing concerns about their safety for years. C.E.O. from Dow Chemical, Andrew Liveris, is reportedly good friends with Donald Trump, and his company spent $ 13.6 million on lobbying last year. Unsurprisingly, the DOW also donated $ 1 million for Trump's inaugural festivities and it seems that it is already being rewarded for the EPA's decision not to ban chlorpyrifos.
3) Chlorpyrifos is just the tip of the iceberg.
Americans no longer have to wait for chlorpyrifos to be banned in the United States to return as part of the traditional poison circle. For now, it is here to stay for both domestic use and export. However, the new EPA documents show that this story is much more extensive than chlorpyrifos, as the Trump administration is planning major cuts in the agency responsible for regulating pesticides. The Pruitt EPA plans to lay off 25% of its staff and get rid of more than 50 programs, including pesticide safety. The Washington Post reported that "a program to teach and monitor the proper handling of pesticides would be almost eliminated".
It is becoming clear that the pesticide industry will likely have unprecedented influence over the Trump administration. In the case of chlorpyrifos, a company whose CEO is a close friend and advisor to President Trump, successfully lobbied the new White House and the EPA to "set aside" the results of an extensive government study conducted under the administration of Obama While Republicans across the country may be celebrating Trump's promise of less regulation, this is a kind of pressure to block and weaken the regulations that created the poison circle in the first place.
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