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Sponsored by: Earthjustice

Earthjustice and a broad coalition of partners have been fighting for years to convince the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to ban an entire class of poisonous neurotoxic pesticides. Every year, these pesticides, called organophosphates, poison farmworkers and others who come into contact with them in communities near agricultural fields.

Over the past decade, an extensive body of scientific evidence from institutions like UC Berkeley and Columbia University shows that even at minimal levels of exposure organophosphates damage children's brains and lead to such alarming deficits as reduced IQ, autism and attention disorders.

After multiple Earthjustice lawsuits, the EPA has finally started the process of banning food uses of one of the most widely used of these pesticides, called chlorpyrifos. But it's time for the agency to ban not just all uses of chlorpyrifos, but this entire class of neurotoxic pesticides, to keep them out of our food, our drinking water, our schools and yards, and our bodies.

A total ban is what communities need and deserve, especially the farmworker communities that have disproportionately borne the burdens of pesticide poisonings and learning and memory impairments in their children.

We can't let these pesticides continue to poison people. Take action today.

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Ban organophosphate pesticides now

To: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

I urge the EPA to ban all uses of all neurotoxic organophosphate pesticides immediately.

This class of pesticides has been proven to cause neurodevelopmental harm to children. They poison farmworkers and others in surrounding communities every year when they're sprayed in agricultural fields. The EPA recently acknowledged the overwhelming and extremely alarming evidence that exposure to these pesticides damages development of children's brains. It's time to act to protect children from reduced IQ, delayed development, autism and attention disorders associated with these dangerous pesticides.

The EPA should take immediate steps to ban these brain-damaging pesticides in order to:

  • Protect children from learning and memory impairments
  • Protect communities from pesticide poisonings when the pesticides drift off crops and into nearby neighborhoods and schools
  • Prevent contamination of our food with these pesticides
  • Prevent contamination of drinking water with these pesticides
  • Prevent worker poisonings and harm to their children

Action on these toxic chemicals is long overdue. I urge you to ensure that your agency moves quickly to ban these toxic pesticides now.

Thank you for your consideration of this important issue.

Petition Signatures


Dec 16, 2017 Jill Ryan
Dec 15, 2017 Rachit Garg
Dec 15, 2017 amanda holm
Dec 15, 2017 Mary Floyd
Dec 15, 2017 nancy lewandoski
Dec 15, 2017 Jennifer Case
Dec 15, 2017 MaryEdna Salvi
Dec 15, 2017 Carey Sutton
Dec 15, 2017 Marguerite Elia
Dec 15, 2017 Stacy Harris
Dec 15, 2017 (Name not displayed) There are less expensive, non-toxic solutions that would result in more profit, and better tasting food. It is an inhumane and heartless industry that will cause destruction and disease for generations. The EPA should pay our medical bills.
Dec 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 15, 2017 Dale Anania
Dec 15, 2017 Molly Caldwell
Dec 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 15, 2017 Kathy Smith
Dec 15, 2017 Meryle A. Korn Protect HUMAN HEALTH, not corporate profits!
Dec 15, 2017 Lisa Ohern
Dec 15, 2017 S W
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Dec 15, 2017 Karen Fleming
Dec 15, 2017 Charlotte Jensen
Dec 15, 2017 Jaxine Marshall
Dec 15, 2017 Olga Kochetova
Dec 15, 2017 Sandra Cobb
Dec 15, 2017 Jean Galati
Dec 15, 2017 Christy Johnson
Dec 15, 2017 Sharon Andrew
Dec 15, 2017 Susan Murray
Dec 15, 2017 Shawn Murray
Dec 15, 2017 Connie Tate
Dec 15, 2017 Katherine Swartile -Moltke
Dec 15, 2017 Vicki Hall
Dec 15, 2017 Signe Ankur
Dec 15, 2017 Kathy Jones
Dec 15, 2017 Arliene Oey
Dec 15, 2017 Jodi Lawaich
Dec 15, 2017 Gwen Piekarz
Dec 15, 2017 todd Schelle
Dec 15, 2017 Claudia Mackey
Dec 15, 2017 HOLLI WRIGHT
Dec 15, 2017 Michelle Velhagen
Dec 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Dec 15, 2017 Denise Garner
Dec 15, 2017 Frits ter Weele
Dec 15, 2017 Jamie Reifman
Dec 15, 2017 Cathy Laughlin
Dec 15, 2017 BRYAN ALEXANDER
Dec 15, 2017 Darlene Corson
Dec 15, 2017 Mary Kastner

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