Pesticides Are Spreading Toxic 'Forever Chemicals,' Scientists Warn

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Our reckoning with so-called "forever chemicals"—the perfluoroalkyl and polyfluoroalkyl substances, or PFASs, that have been used in numerous consumer goods and linked to several ailments—has been a long time coming. The Biden administration has published a PFAS Strategic Roadmap and Congress is looking into passing laws to regulate their use. But scientists are pointing to one use of these chemicals that has been relatively overlooked: pesticides. Find out more about the problem in our lead story this week.

Andrea Thompson, Associate Editor, Sustainability

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Pesticides Are Spreading Toxic 'Forever Chemicals,' Scientists Warn

Common chemicals sprayed on many crops each year are cloaked in bureaucratic uncertainties

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QUOTE OF THE DAY

"Why on earth would you allow PFAS to be put in something that's sprayed on millions and millions of acres every single year? It's called a forever chemical for a reason"

Kyla Bennett, the director of science policy at Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility

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