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The Environmental Protection Agency is using a lawsuit by environmentalists to justify banning the commonly used pesticide chlorpyrifos — that the EPA itself has declared safe.

EPA wants to ban chlorpyrifos over concerns that it contaminates drinking water and food. Chlorpyrifos are used on citrus fruits, apples, broccoli and various other crops. U.S. farms used more than 6 million pounds of chlorpyrifos last year.

If nothing changes legally, the EPA will no longer allow incredibly small trace amounts of chlorpyrifos in food, effectively banning the pesticide in the US as soon as 2017. Incidentally, EPA’s own analysis found “there do not appear to be risks from exposure to chlorpyrifos in food.”  The pesticide has been used by American farmers since 1965, and EPA’s own website says chlorpyrifos is safe for humans in “standard” amounts.

“There’s not a lot of evidence of people getting sick from these pesticides from trace exposures found on food, and these environmental groups forget that these products are necessary to produce an affordable food supply. They demand a zero risk, nothing in life is zero risk. They don’t understand just how difficult it is for farmers to feed the world,” said Doctor Angela Logomasini, a Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute, in a phone interview with The Daily Caller News Foundation.

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