The EPA recently released their final rule on chlorpyrifos in which they are revoking all “tolerances” for the permitted amount for use on food, effectively banning the continued use and presence of the chemical in food. According to the report, the final rule will take effect 60 days from the announcement and the official allowance for usage on American crops will end in six months. Chlorpyrifos is an organophosphate pesticide that has been in use since 1965 and it is commonly applied to crops such as citrus, grapes, and sugar beets. Exposure to chlorpyrifos has been linked to many harmful effects including attention difficulties, autism, intelligence declines, problems with the working memory, and increased odds of tumor growth.
Though this is exciting news, it may be wise to continue to avoid chlorpyrifos until it is fully removed from the food system. An easy way to do this is by shopping for organic foods, or at least prioritizing organic foods for heavily sprayed crops.
The widespread concern over the COVID-19 pandemic is causing many of us to take a second look at our cleaning routines. Now, many of us are questioning the products we use and our cleaning methods, wondering if they are actually helping us to support and maintain our health.
Did you know that the air inside our homes can be more toxic than the air outside our homes? The quality of air can actually be measured and Indoor Air Quality is referred to generally as IAQ for short. While it’s helpful and important to know what’s happening in the air outside your home, sometimes there may not be a whole lot that you can do about it. As for your inside air? You’ve got some control over that. At Made Safe, we believe in taking steps toward understanding and reducing our exposure to harmful chemicals. This post unpacks air pollution and how to improve your indoor air quality for better health and well-being. (more…)
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