Every year, 6 million pounds of the chemical chlorpyrifos are applied to a wide range of crops, including oranges, alfalfa, almonds, and grapes. However, this chemical is potentially very dangerous. When people are hurt, however, who should be held responsible for the damage done by chlorpyrifos?
What is Chlorpyrifos?
Chlorpyrifos is an organophosphate insecticide originally introduced by Dow Chemicals in the mid-1960s as an alternative for DDT, another widely used insecticide. Like DDT, chlorpyrifos causes detrimental and life-threatening human and environmental health risks.
Chlorpyrifos is potentially very dangerous. It has been identified as developmental neurotoxins with widespread damaging effects to developing brains and reducing intelligence. It is a chemical that acts on the nervous system as it inhibits the acetylcholinesterase enzyme. It is a colorless or white crystal that has an order similar to rotten eggs or garlic. Ingesting it, getting on your skin or eyes, or just inhaling it are all dangerous ways to come in contact with the chemical.
Chlorpyrifos has been known under various trade names, including:
To add to this complexity, there are five main companies that make chlorpyrifos: Dow AgroSciences LLC, FMC Corporation (formerly Cheminova A/S), Adama Agricultural Solutions (formerly Makhteshim Agan Industries or “MAI”), Garda, and Platte Chemical Co..
Should Chlorpyrifos be Banned?
Corteva Agriscience was formed after a 2015 merger of Dow Chemical and DuPont. Today, it is one of the biggest agricultural companies in the United States. After years of controversy about the harmful effects chlorpyrifos and multiple lawsuits in an effort to get a court order to stop the company from selling a chemical that poisons people by damaging their nervous systems, the company has finally agreed to phase out the use of the chemical in its products. But what about the other uses of chlorpyrifos?
Although was banned for household uses in 2001, chlorpyrifos is still used by farmers for more than 50 fruit, nut, cereal, and vegetable crops. The pesticide is commonly used to kill a number of pests on animal, crops, buildings, golf courses, and other settings. Farmers apply it to agricultural uses and spray it onto crops like corn, soy, and cotton as a way to deter mites, rodents, and other pests. However, with repeat exposure and at high doses, humans have been experiencing the negative impacts of the chemical that are targeted to and meant for pests. The result has been a nerve disruption and serious cognitive defects, particularly to children and pregnant women.
Symptoms of exposure range from serious concerns about abdominal cramps, vomiting, tremors, twitching in muscles, weakness, unbalanced or lose coordination, diarrhea, darkened or blurry vision to severe concerns of loss of bladder control, loss of bowel control, convulsions, difficulty breathing, unconsciousness, and paralysis.
If you have been injured by chlorpyrifos or know someone else who suffers emotionally or physically from exposure, contact Williams Hart to discuss about your entitlement to compensation. Our product liability attorneys will help you get the closure you need and fight against the injustice of these harmful companies. Call us today for a free initial consultation - we are look forward to discussing your recovery options.