June 21: The Struggle to Ban Pesticides That Disrupt Brain Development

Science for the Public: Contemporary Science Issues and Innovations
June 21 (11:30 AM), Belmont Media Center, Belmont MA

Philip J. Landrigan, MD, MSc, FAAP, Professor of Biology; Director, Global Public Health Program and Global Pollution Observatory, Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society, Boston College

For almost 30 years, Dr. Landrigan and other distinguished scientists appealed to the EPA to ban Chlorpyrifos and other pesticides known to impair brain development. The clear link between Chlorpyrifos and developmental disorders such as autism and ADHD alarmed pediatricians and scientists –but not the representatives of the agricultural dynasty. Big-Ag was able to block regulations on this and other harmful pesticides repeatedly. This struggle to protect pregnant women, children, and industrial farm workers has raised the question: Who does the EPA protect? In this discussion, Dr. Landrigan recounts the protracted effort of scientists to ban Chlorpyrifos, and he explains why EPA and other regulatory agencies must be de-politicized.