The Environmental Protection Agency says it will allow farmers to resume using chlorpyrifos insecticide on 11 crops in response to an appeals court ruling last month that the agency failed to adequately consider the safety of those uses.
EPA is asking registrants of four organophosphate insecticides to submit new label amendments, which could include canceling some uses, to better protect workers who mix, load and apply the chemicals, and anyone who comes in contact with them.
Many ag jobs got designated “essential” at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic. A year later, masks and other safety precautions have become common in fields and packing houses. Food continues to move from the farm to the consumer. But impacts on the people making that happen have been significant.