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California outlaws pesticide linked to brain damage in children

The state of California recently announced a ban on an allegedly dangerous pesticide, prohibiting sales after early 2020 and giving farmers until the end of that year to use their stores up.

The chemical, chlorpyrifos, has been linked to brain impairment and illnesses in children. It functions by impairing the nervous system of insects, including worms. Its use was banned in homes in 2001, but it continues to be used on farms.

State government officials promised about $5.6 billion to help farmers move away from using the chemical.

🔦 The Obama administration had vowed to ban the chemical at the federal level, but that decision was reversed under the Trump administration. States are still free to ban it within their jurisdiction.