EPA Ignores Dangerous Pesticides In Household Goods
Instead of safeguarding the American people, it seems that the EPA might be abusing a legal loophole to allow pesticides in everyday products, according to Salon.
Those products apparently include Tupperware, baby clothes and toothpaste, as well as other things we put in our mouths. By the EPA’s own admission, 11,000 pesticides have been allowed on the market since 2010, without little concern or follow-up on whether they can be harmful to the environment.
Granted, most people are aware that pesticides are used on crops to get rid of pesky pests and other contaminants, but many question why those same agents are making their way to your child’s toothbrush.
Using the same logic as used in crop-keeping, pesticides have been used for years to help keep cosmetics, clothes and baby blankets free of microbes and bacteria. As any savvy consumer might expect, the EPA is required by law to work with companies to test these types of pesticides before going out into the market. But evidence shows that the Environmental Protection Agency uses a backup measure that isn’t as thorough called “conditional registration” almost on the regular.
The agency has stated that
“an analysis of pesticides that were listed as conditional registrations… concluded that the new data confirmed… initial findings that the pesticides were safe. Over 90 percent of the conditionally registered products… are identical to pesticides already in the marketplace, or they differed only in ways that would not significantly increase the risk of unreasonable adverse effects.”
That sounds reassuring enough, but it’s actually more worrisome than you might think.
Essentially, “conditional registration” is letting the EPA gamble on toxic elements like nanosilver, which the EPA itself has concluded “may have the ability to enter, translocate within, and damage living organisms.” In layman’s terms, they’re gambling on substances that can kill you. Pesticides that conspiracy theorists call questionable are allowed on the market because “they’re kinda similar to” other toxic pesticides. Only after the fact does the EPA really look into how dangerous these pesticides really are and, by its own admission, it lets 10 percent worth of those questionable products into your house, unlabeled.
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