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The meta-data study only included two study locations in the United States, both manufacturing plants for Carbaryl (formerly the active ingredient in Sevin). California banned its residential consumer use in August 2020 and currently the federal EPA is considering the same. It’s outright banned for all uses in the EU.

I wish there were more studies conducted in the United States and Mexico where a large portion of our produce is grown. Every time I drive through California’s Imperial and Central Valleys, they reek of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Both areas have high rates of respiratory diseases, cancer, birth defects, autism, and potable drinking water violations.

More studies, regulations and outright bans are unlikely in the United States given the hold the Ag-Chemical industry has over elected officials and university agriculture departments.

The subject is also well discussed in the New Lede SubStack.

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