A court has ruled that the EPA must ban the controversial pesticide chlorpyrifos—or prove its safety.
The researchers found that the sale of these highly hazardous pesticides (HHPs), disproportionately occurred in poorer nations, which often have fewer regulations than industrialized nations.
This move could help protect children, agricultural workers, and the environment.
"Our analysis focused on providing the best possible answer to the question of whether or not glyphosate is carcinogenic. As a result of this research, I am even more convinced that it is."
The bill, SB3095, completely bans the use of chlorpyrifos, a highly toxic neurotoxin that causes significant damage to brain development in children.
"I am planning a regulatory draft as a first building block in the strategy to minimize use of glyphosate."
During the week-long hearing – dubbed "Science Week" – epidemiologists, oncologists, toxicologists and other scientists representing both sides will offer testimony about glyphosate.