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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

Mar 17, 2018 Penni Pennington-Miles
Mar 17, 2018 Lorelette Knowles
Mar 17, 2018 Virginia Johle
Mar 17, 2018 Lynda Eggleston
Mar 17, 2018 Catherine Arnett this is poison and shouldn't be used.
Mar 17, 2018 Boudicia Peters
Mar 17, 2018 Anna Chiyanova
Mar 17, 2018 Martha Vest
Mar 17, 2018 Евгения Власенко
Mar 17, 2018 Brent Pennell
Mar 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 16, 2018 Jennifer R
Mar 16, 2018 Jim Rockhold
Mar 16, 2018 Linda Rockhold
Mar 16, 2018 Candice C
Mar 16, 2018 JoAnn Kulaski
Mar 16, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Mar 16, 2018 Karen Katschke
Mar 16, 2018 Lauren Ewart
Mar 16, 2018 Alan Dion Remember, FIFRA requires pesticides to be SAFE as used.
Mar 16, 2018 Amy Smardz
Mar 16, 2018 Beverly Rector
Mar 16, 2018 Linda Lundqvist
Mar 16, 2018 Brian Gagnon
Mar 16, 2018 Margaret Hyatt
Mar 16, 2018 Teresa Finnell
Mar 16, 2018 shelley dimond
Mar 16, 2018 Martin Russell A pesticide that damages children's brains? Come on, EPA! You've got to do better than that!
Mar 16, 2018 MaryAnn Bomarito
Mar 16, 2018 Martha McCully
Mar 16, 2018 Lynn Krikorian
Mar 16, 2018 Paula Medina
Mar 16, 2018 Alex McVey
Mar 16, 2018 Susan Anderson
Mar 16, 2018 Tammy Keech
Mar 16, 2018 Cannon Forcier
Mar 16, 2018 Barbara Foster
Mar 16, 2018 Nancy Thelot
Mar 16, 2018 Pamela Krueger
Mar 14, 2018 elizabeth myrin shore
Mar 13, 2018 Helen Smylie
Mar 13, 2018 Candace Dailey
Mar 13, 2018 Sandra Bader
Mar 13, 2018 peggy buffie
Mar 13, 2018 Debra Foster
Mar 13, 2018 bernard elias
Mar 13, 2018 Kelsey Oudshoorn
Mar 13, 2018 Sylvie PIRAS
Mar 12, 2018 Valeria Novaes
Mar 12, 2018 (Name not displayed)

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