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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


Feb 27, 2017 Juan Martinez
Feb 27, 2017 Robin Topete
Feb 27, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 27, 2017 id maskell
Feb 26, 2017 Cynthia Drake
Feb 26, 2017 Cristina da Cruz
Feb 26, 2017 Patricia Reid
Feb 26, 2017 Laurie Wright In Baltimore County, Md where I live, many homeowners choose to have landscapers mow and 'treat' their lawns with pesticides. I can have a great lawn without toxins! No one needs a greener lawn than their neighbor - it's 'me-ism' that poisons us all!!
Feb 26, 2017 Mike Biggs
Feb 26, 2017 Clay Brantley
Feb 26, 2017 labarre Paola
Feb 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 25, 2017 Fernanda Coelho
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Feb 24, 2017 Elizabeth Cuprak
Feb 24, 2017 Teresa Steele
Feb 24, 2017 Charles Muehlhof
Feb 24, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 23, 2017 Helena Glazar Hofbauer
Feb 23, 2017 Barbara Deegan
Feb 21, 2017 Stacie Sollars i have two children with autism, know that pesticides have contributed to this!
Feb 21, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Feb 21, 2017 Eric Reed
Feb 20, 2017 Chelsea Rivera
Feb 20, 2017 Kenneth Budworth
Feb 20, 2017 Rachel Parnell
Feb 19, 2017 elizabeth myrin shore
Feb 19, 2017 Tammy Ferrell
Feb 19, 2017 Dulcie c
Feb 18, 2017 Natalia Smirnova
Feb 18, 2017 Courtney Kovacs
Feb 18, 2017 Bernadette CUELLAR
Feb 17, 2017 Jennifer Peel
Feb 17, 2017 Gloria Jones
Feb 17, 2017 Carolina Chittofrati
Feb 17, 2017 Brian kowaleski
Feb 17, 2017 Klaus Gass
Feb 16, 2017 Prudence Brooks All pesticides are being used in excess by big ag. Chlorpyrifos is only one. If it affects IQ, then alternate methods need be employed.
Feb 16, 2017 sandra wanamaker
Feb 16, 2017 Jean-Claude Morin
Feb 16, 2017 Lori Kampa Food production should be a predominantly safe process. Chemicals known to cause severe damage to any human around them should not be used on food. If our food isn't as pretty and prices go up some, we'll have to get used it. Organic farming can be done.
Feb 16, 2017 Victoria Lamprecht
Feb 16, 2017 Jane Rosa
Feb 15, 2017 Rose Modiano
Feb 15, 2017 suzanne nadeau
Feb 15, 2017 Suzanne Stephens
Feb 15, 2017 Nico Sandman
Feb 15, 2017 Elvira Antibo
Feb 15, 2017 Debi Hertel
Feb 14, 2017 julie Williams

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