Calling it an 'overdue move', the Environmental Protection Agency said that the Biden Administration will ban the use of chlorpyrifos on all food crops. The ban is due to the citing of potential risks to human health.

The insecticide has been used widely and commonly since the 1960s, and has been linked to learning disabilities in children. In 2017, the Trump administration declined to ban the use of toxic insecticide and last week, the EPA reversed that decision.

It's been a battle between environmentalists, public health experts, giants in the chemical and agricultural industry and farmers for decades. EPA Administrator Michael Regan says it's an overdue move and that ending the use of it on food will help to ensure protection from the potentially dangerous consequences. Research suggests that the chemical use can cause irreversible harm and that children who are exposed to organophosphate pesticides like chlorpyrifos have increased risks for abnormal neurodevelopment. This can include loss of intelligence as well as behavior problems. This goes for those who are exposed even in low-doses such as in the womb and research suggests there are higher risks of disorders like autism due to exposure.

In 2015, the Obama administration began the process of banning agricultural use of it but the Trump administration declined to follow the EPA recommendation to ban it and did not take it off the market.

This latest action is a response to a federal appeals court's April ruling that the EPA either proves chlorpyrifos's safety or stops using it altogether. They could not (as expected) and the ban takes effect in six months.

Tracy Gregoire is a project coordinator at the Learning Disabilities Association of America. That is one of the several groups that sued the EPA under Trump for its refusal to ban the pesticide. In an article with the Huffington Post, Gregoire said, "Finally, we will protect future generations by stopping this acutely toxic pesticide from being sprayed into the air we breathe, the water we drink and the fruits and vegetables we eat."

Chlorpyrifos, produced by Dow Chemical Co. and commonly known by its trade name Lorsban, is used in nearly 100 countries on more than 50 different crops. It was largely banned in 2000 for at-home use in the U.S. but has remained a go-to product on American farms.