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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


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
Jul 25, 2017 cindy baldwin
Jul 25, 2017 Lisa Workman
Jul 25, 2017 Lynne Lerner Pesticides are hurting pets too, but they don't care about that.
Jul 25, 2017 KJ Linarez
Jul 25, 2017 (Name not displayed) Let's join together to fight against the rampant use of pesticides in the United States!
Jul 25, 2017 David Councilman
Jul 25, 2017 Rebekah Baldwin
Jul 25, 2017 Carol Paull Surely in this day and age, it would be more beneficial to use GM crops, as maybe it is better to use something that has been modified to reject organisms than to spray the crop with poisons that affect everyone?
Jul 25, 2017 Leslie Solook
Jul 25, 2017 namita dalal
Jul 25, 2017 Debra Kowalski maybe people should stop worrying about vaccines and start worrying about poisoned food and water.
Jul 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2017 Pattie Tibbetts
Jul 25, 2017 Brenda Warriner
Jul 25, 2017 Tamara Weatherly
Jul 25, 2017 Peggy Reyes
Jul 25, 2017 Adela Brent
Jul 25, 2017 Patricia Packer
Jul 25, 2017 Praesens Absens
Jul 25, 2017 Irene W. Dowdell
Jul 25, 2017 Gertrud Bessai
Jul 25, 2017 Maggi Sprague
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Jul 25, 2017 Maria-Eugenia Mendoza-Garrido
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Jul 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2017 Loredana Raimonda
Jul 25, 2017 Anna Mondanelli
Jul 25, 2017 Bari Bowles
Jul 25, 2017 Kathryn Dalenberg
Jul 25, 2017 Diane Boulais
Jul 25, 2017 Denisia Sanders
Jul 25, 2017 Elaine Fischer

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