Environment

Trump’s EPA is Poisoning Farmworkers

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

If he doesn't deport them, the Trump regime may poison thousands of farmworkers.

Over 50 farmworkers in Bakersfield, California were exposed to chlorpyrifos, a chemical in pesticides, that was recently approved by Trump's EPA under Scott Pruitt even though it can trigger developmental disabilities in children, among many other things.

According to the National Pesticide Information Center, exposure to the chemical through inhalation can cause initial symptoms like "tearing of the eyes, runny nose, increased saliva and sweat production, nausea, dizziness and headache," followed by possible "muscle twitching, weakness or tremors, lack of coordination, vomiting, abdominal cramps, diarrhea, and pupil constriction with blurred or darkened vision." Chlorpyrifos is an endocrine disrupter, and major studies have found strong evidence to suggest that even at very low doses, the chemical triggers effects among children ranging from lower IQ to higher rates of autism.

The Environmental Protection Agency under President Obama was close to banning the chemical from use, but then Trump selected industry lapdog Scott Pruitt to run the agency. The EPA approved use of the chemical in March shortly after Pruitt's confirmation. I have my doubts that he even considered the consequences.

More than half of the farmworkers who were exposed to the chemical reportedly left before authorities arrived. I can only guess why, but I figure at least some of them were afraid to seek medical attention because they're undocumented and Trump has created an environment of fear for immigrants who are being deported regardless of their personal circumstances.

  • muselet

    I’m sure Scott Pruitt thinks toxicology is fake science, same as climatology.

    –alopecia

  • KABoink_after_wingnut_hacker

    Not only do republicans have no respect for our environment, they have total disregard for human life and we’ll being.

  • ninjaf

    Elections have very real consequences. There is no amount of privilege that allows us to tune out when we have literal quality of life consequences riding on this.

    • Scopedog

      This is something that needs to be pounded into the skulls of the idiots who sat there muttering about how they couldn’t vote because “both parties were the same” and that Hillary was “still the lesser of two evils, and they couldn’t vote for that”. Fucking privileged assholes who can’t even look past the noses on their faces.