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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


May 26, 2017 Frances Onesti
May 26, 2017 Sonja Ramsdell
May 26, 2017 Jessica Tarki
May 26, 2017 Nicole Kennedy
May 26, 2017 Dean Michell
May 26, 2017 isabella Longarini
May 26, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
May 25, 2017 Norm Wolfe
May 25, 2017 Tracie Gabrisko
May 25, 2017 Alvena Pauls
May 25, 2017 Kim Rumpf
May 25, 2017 Alain Claude Yves GENTRIC Stop suffering !...
May 25, 2017 Kim Zwicker
May 25, 2017 Emily Bovee
May 25, 2017 Dimitra Skarmoutsou
May 25, 2017 susana agostinho
May 24, 2017 Diana Rich
May 24, 2017 Mike Aparo
May 24, 2017 Stephanie Rodriguez
May 24, 2017 Tiffany Calero
May 24, 2017 Lori Rosas
May 24, 2017 Andreq Durick
May 24, 2017 Melinda Norman
May 24, 2017 Jeanne Cirillo-Marcus
May 24, 2017 Judy Huff
May 24, 2017 Katrina Vallee
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May 24, 2017 Ida Olsson
May 24, 2017 Jannie Barchager
May 24, 2017 Allison Taylor
May 24, 2017 Diana Grob
May 23, 2017 Linda Meyer
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May 23, 2017 Brian Cudnik
May 23, 2017 Michele Roberts
May 23, 2017 Andrea Thompson
May 23, 2017 Kathy Fujimoto
May 23, 2017 teena berger
May 23, 2017 Carol Morris
May 23, 2017 mona schneider
May 23, 2017 Dulce Monteiro
May 23, 2017 Laura Harvey
May 23, 2017 Erica Brinker
May 23, 2017 Kellie Valentine
May 23, 2017 Gisela Sodorsky
May 23, 2017 Taryn Geer
May 23, 2017 Brenda Galeles
May 23, 2017 Lauren Oggiono
May 23, 2017 Roberta Knox
May 23, 2017 Jade Champathong

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