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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


Aug 17, 2017 Pauline Bouvier-Davis
Aug 16, 2017 JOHN M. STEYH
Aug 16, 2017 Gail Hall Please, do the right thing. You may have been able to keep your children safe from this chemical, knowingly or unbeknownst to you, but not all children are safe. All children need to be safe. Please take action now!
Aug 16, 2017 EDward J Connolly Jr
Aug 16, 2017 Wendy Maltonic
Aug 16, 2017 Roger & Joyce Harry Yes, it is time to protect the people from cancer causing chemicals. We have a chemical applicator who cares less where the chemicals drift to while spraying a corn field next to our home. State of Iowa will NOT do a thing to prevent it.
Aug 15, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Aug 15, 2017 MICHAEL ROSSI
Aug 11, 2017 Ann Achuff
Aug 11, 2017 Mj Stewart
Aug 10, 2017 Ellen Seeherman
Aug 10, 2017 Marco Escalante
Aug 10, 2017 Gina Epley
Aug 8, 2017 Donna Gilbert
Aug 8, 2017 Joanne Koulavongsa
Aug 7, 2017 susan magner
Aug 6, 2017 Shirley Eichelberger
Aug 6, 2017 Susan B
Aug 5, 2017 charlene tay
Aug 3, 2017 J. Scott
Aug 3, 2017 Laura Shields The long term effects of these toxins will create much larger problems in the future. Let's end this now.
Aug 2, 2017 Aurelia Gergely
Aug 2, 2017 Ariel Adams
Aug 2, 2017 MARY EMERICH
Aug 2, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 31, 2017 KAREN WASSING
Jul 31, 2017 Susan Barnard
Jul 31, 2017 Laurine League
Jul 31, 2017 CINDY COLLIER
Jul 29, 2017 G Davis PLEASE STOP THE USE OF ORGANOPHOSPHATE PESTICIDES.
Jul 28, 2017 William Tarbox
Jul 28, 2017 Shona Steere
Jul 28, 2017 Louise Broderick Greed, pure and simple.
Jul 26, 2017 Ione Atkinson
Jul 25, 2017 Heidi Kausch
Jul 25, 2017 Virginia Gorum
Jul 25, 2017 Mark Lungo
Jul 25, 2017 Alexandra Melekou
Jul 25, 2017 Tamala Atkinson
Jul 25, 2017 Yasiu Kruszynski
Jul 25, 2017 ALICIA ANGELICA
Jul 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2017 Kathleen Schmaling
Jul 25, 2017 Valerie Peterson
Jul 25, 2017 Cheryl Rigby
Jul 25, 2017 Susan Rubin
Jul 25, 2017 Arlene Patoray We have to stop poisoning our planet and ourselves with chemicals. It's time that the EPA looks out for people, not corporate profits, by banning brain-damaging pesticides immediately.
Jul 25, 2017 Stephanie Buzzell
Jul 25, 2017 LaDonna Earl-Jones
Jul 25, 2017 Anne Sims

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