A complete ban on the use of organophosphates is way overdue. They are one of the most pernicious chemicals used in agriculture. They certainly have no place in the food chain.
A few years back I was talking to a group of allotment gardeners. They used OPs to kill carrot root fly. One man explained they got a hand full and sprinkled it in the row when plating seeds. He was unaware that OPs are toxic through skin contact and that they are a cumulative poison. Soon after they were banned from sale to domestic users.
This new report says: “The study, published in the journal PLOS Medicine on Wednesday, said that even low-levels of organophosphate exposure can cause brain damage in children.” So why does anybody want to use them? The simple answer will be profits!