Corteva spokesperson Gregg Schmidt called the move “a strategic business decision” caused by steadily declining sales. Sold under the trade name Lorsban — among others — chlorpyrifos has been under attack for years by environmental and public health groups who say its neurodevelopmental effects on humans, especially neonates and infants, justify a ban.
The announcement comes the same day that sales in California are ending. After this year, farmers will not be allowed to use chlorpyrifos. New York is phasing out the use of chlorpyrifos entirely by July 2021 and other states are considering a ban.