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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

Apr 23, 2017 Joan Woods
Apr 23, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Apr 21, 2017 Nicholas Lee
Apr 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 21, 2017 josé Dias
Apr 21, 2017 Saliha BELKHIR
Apr 21, 2017 Corrina Parker
Apr 20, 2017 Linda Simowitz
Apr 18, 2017 Sammy Jo Arneson
Apr 17, 2017 William Birchell
Apr 17, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 16, 2017 Lanette Norris
Apr 16, 2017 Teri-Lynn Patrick
Apr 14, 2017 Nina Carey
Apr 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 14, 2017 Michelle Lenz
Apr 14, 2017 Sławomir Prucnal
Apr 14, 2017 Natasha Jenkins
Apr 13, 2017 Susan Closson
Apr 13, 2017 Milly Lopez
Apr 13, 2017 Cindy Risvold
Apr 13, 2017 Emilie Passow In addition to humanitarian value, banning these pesticides will save millions of dollars in treating sick people. Do the right thing!
Apr 13, 2017 Savannah Silva
Apr 13, 2017 Jeannelle Navas
Apr 13, 2017 Edna Litten
Apr 13, 2017 Miranda Fisher
Apr 13, 2017 Brenda Feliciano
Apr 12, 2017 Melissa Hathaway
Apr 12, 2017 Tigerlily Hayward
Apr 12, 2017 Farrah Townsend
Apr 12, 2017 Hannah Crone
Apr 12, 2017 Virginie Lopez
Apr 12, 2017 Llauren Peralta
Apr 12, 2017 Heidi Parvela
Apr 12, 2017 DIANE BROER
Apr 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Apr 12, 2017 Stella Gambardella
Apr 12, 2017 Nora C Stop spraying poisons and neurotoxins. Many other countries ban this and the United States should also.
Apr 12, 2017 Andrea Del Moral
Apr 12, 2017 Barbara Phillips
Apr 12, 2017 Betina Leme
Apr 12, 2017 Eileen Juric
Apr 12, 2017 Lavon Johnson Get reed of pesticides
Apr 12, 2017 Axa Tolonen
Apr 11, 2017 Laura Vanesa García
Apr 11, 2017 Marianne Williams
Apr 10, 2017 Andrew Gurr
Apr 10, 2017 Jane Lemison
Apr 9, 2017 P D
Apr 8, 2017 Anne-Marie Battaglia

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