CALIFORNIA - Chlorpyrifos pesticide is being banned by the state because of toxic air contaminant findings. It has been linked to brain damage and other health problems in children.
The pesticide will be banned on December 31, 2020, so that means farmers will have until the end of 2020 to exhaust their supplies.
Chlorpyrifos is an organic phosphate used on a variety of crops.
The California Department of Pesticides Regulation announced on October 9, 2019, that chemical companies would have to phase out the sale of chlorpyrifos by Feb. 6, 2020.
Action News Now spoke to the Agricultural Commissioner for Butte County, Louie Mendoza who said last November was the last time manufacturers could bring this product into California.
Mendoza said that this pesticide is used on a variety of crops, including alfalfa, almonds, citrus, cotton, grapes, and walnuts.
Owner of Kimmelshue Orchards, Dax Kimmelshue used this pesticide for 10 years but doesn’t use it anymore.
“There are alternatives that have come up that are actually better, they are less harsh to the environment, and the predator insects that we rely on a lot in the orchards to control the bad insects. We have good insects that control those and mites. So you want to use a chemical now that science has developed you can target the insect better and leave the predators alone,” Kimmelshue said.
Kimmelshue said he now uses Arvida, Enervate, and Besiege for pesticides.
Kimmelshue added that most farmers do not use this product anymore but if they do, the items are tested, so it should not be a concern to the consumers.
This ban is noteworthy because California is the largest agricultural state in the nation.
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