'Many of the negative effects of the Trump administration are intangible, either taking the form of psychological trauma or economic and environmental harm that will only be understood in the fullness of time. But there’s at least one consequence that won’t take years to discover: damaged brains across America.
That may sound hyperbolic, but it refers to the very real effects of a chemical called chlorpyrifos. Originally, chlorpyrifos belonged to a class of chemicals developed in Nazi-era Germany as a form of nerve gas. The chemical later proved to be an effective insecticide and became one of the most widely used pesticides in the United States—until studies began to reveal its side-effects.
It turns out chlorpyrifos wreaks havoc on human and animal brains. As Nicholas Kristof from the New York Times recently reported, numerous studies have shown how the chemical "damages the brain and reduces I.Q.s while causing tremors among children."
Chlorpyrifos, which has worked its way into the food, water and air supply of the U.S., has also been linked to cases of lung cancer and Parkinson’s disease.
So why isn’t the toxic stuff banned already? That's a good question. Around 17 years ago the Environmental Protection Agency did ban the pesticide for residential use and under the Obama administration was on its way to extending that ban to agriculture and outdoor use this past spring. And then the Trump administration intervened by rejecting the ban.'
Read more: Trump Is Literally Damaging Americans' Brains by Rejecting Ban on Dangerous Nerve Gas Pesticide
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