How Hazardous Are Pesticides?

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Perhaps you’ve heard about the health dangers of common chemicals like Roundup, but has the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) gone one step further to approve the widespread use of another toxic chemical? Cyantraniliprole, a virulent insecticide that is dangerous to some of our most threatened plants and wildlife (like bees and endangered, iconic butterflies, dragonflies, and native beetles), has been approved for use by the agency.

It’s not sure how cyantraniliprole will affect humans, either. It’s important to realize that the public was initially told Roundup was safe, before scientists realized it actually raises a person’s risk for lymphoma!

Because cyantraniliprole is a broad-spectrum, systemic insecticide, it’s often covered on seeds and gathered up in the crops we eat. Apart from the seed coatings, the EPA has also approved it for many purposes, like on citrus and berries. It will also probably be used on ornamental plants and as pest treatments for both lawns and golf courses.

Essentially, it kills bugs by creating dysfunctional muscle contractions, paralysis, and ultimately death. Beyond Pesticides indicates cyantraniliprole is also extremely dangerous to bees already having a hard time surviving colony collapse disorder. Many potential cyantraniliprole-carrying products are believed to be mixed with thiamethoxam, which is a neonicotinoid insecticide considered responsible for the collapse of bees along with songbirds.

The recent approval initiated conservation and food safety groups to put together a lawsuit against the EPA because the agency failed to consult with U.S. Fish and Wildlife and National Marine Fisheries groups to evaluate how the chemical could harm water organisms and land creatures. Proponents of Wildlife, Center for Food Safety, Earthjustice, and Center for Biological Diversity think it directly violates the Endangered Species Act, and they are asking the EPA to implement necessary protections that help protect wildlife as federal wildlife biologists further study cyantraniliprole’s impact on endangered species.

 

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