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2019 Outlook: Courtroom Fights Over Future of Pesticides

Dec. 21, 2018, 12:02 PM

Three pesticides that dominated recent headlines will continue to make news in 2019, as attorneys wrangle over the future of the chemicals’ in court.

Chlorpyrifos, dicamba, and glyphosate are decades-old chemicals which manufacturers have held fast to, because they are effective and relatively inexpensive.

Chlorpyrifos was first registered by the Environmental Protection Agency in 1965, and dicamba was approved two years later. Glyphosate, the youngest of the bunch, received EPA approval in 1974.

The pesticides are undergoing scrutiny for their effects on health and the environment. Chlorpyrifos, an insecticide linked to neurodevelopmental delays in children, could ...