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California bans widely-used pesticide linked to brain damage in children
Strawberry Farmers Fear New Pesticide Regulation
California Strawberry Commission President Mark Murai discusses why new government regulations will threaten profits for growers.
A widely-used agricultural pesticide that California environmental officials have said has been linked to brain damage in children will be banned after next year under an agreement reached with the manufacturer, state officials announced Wednesday.
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Virtually of all use of chlorpyrifos in the state will cease on Feb. 6, 2020 following an agreement between the Department of Pesticide Regulation and pesticide manufacturers to withdraw their products, the California Environmental Protection Agency said.
The pesticide is used on numerous crops in the nation’s largest agriculture-producing state — including alfalfa, almonds, citrus, cotton, grapes and walnuts.
Under the agreement, farmers will have until the end of 2020 to exhaust their supplies as they will no longer be allowed to possess or use chlorpyrifos products in California after Dec. 31.