Efforts are once again underway to “fast track” approval of the controversial Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement. Fast track means no public hearings, no floor debate, no amendments — no civic engagement whatsoever.
State legislators are advancing several bills that would protect children from hazardous pesticides. But they face tremendous opposition from a handful of powerful corporations, including BASF, Dow, DuPont Pioneer, Monsanto and Syngenta.
Home use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos was banned over a decade ago, precisely because science showed harms to children’s developing brains and nervous systems — including reduced IQ and increased risk of autism.