If you’re a frequent visitor to this website, then you’ll know just how skeptical we at Voće Tea are about pesticide use. A case last week reaffirmed why we think it’s best to know exactly where your food is coming from and exactly what chemicals it has been exposed to.
Last week, the Environmental Protection Agency lifted its ban on a common pesticide, chlorpyrifos (sold under the name Lorsban), despite the fact that the EPA’s own studies have linked the pesticide to health problems in children. The move was largely seen as a capitulation by the Trump administration to pressures from big business. According to Earthjustice, “Chlorpyrifos is acutely toxic and associated with neurodevelopmental harms in children. Prenatal exposures to chlorpyrifos are associated with lower birth weight, reduced IQ, loss of working memory, attention disorders, and delayed motor development.” Years ago, the EPA concluded that the amount of chlorpyrifos ingested by young children could exceed healthy limits by more than 140 times, since young children are, pound for pound, more likely to consume fruits and fruit juices. Alarmingly,
chlorpyrifos is extremely widespread, being applied to more than 50 fruit and nut varieties in the U.S.. In 2016, it was applied to 640,000 acres of crops in California alone! You can read more about chlorpyrifos and the recent efforts to ban the pesticide here and here.
Our position has always been that the fewer chemicals and pesticides you consume the better. We try to do our part, and we hope you do, too! Drink well!