For decades, food crops in the U.S. like corn, wheat and apples have been treated with chlorpyrifos [[klawr-PIR-uh-foss]], a pesticide that’s linked to damaging the developing brains of children. But Hawaii has just voted to ban the use of the chemical, becoming the first state to do so.
Senate Bill 3095 will prohibit using pesticides containing chlorpyrifos as an active ingredient, beginning January 1st, 2019. Businesses can apply for an extension if they need more time to make changes, but the pesticides won’t be allowed within 100-feet of schools.
“Protecting the health and safety of our [kids] and residents is one of my top priorities,” explains Governor David Ige in a statement. “We must protect our communities from potentially harmful chemicals.”
Source: Good News Network