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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

Jun 24, 2017 Lou Iannucci
Jun 24, 2017 Hannah Thomas
Jun 24, 2017 AGNES ROGER
Jun 23, 2017 Larissa -
Jun 23, 2017 Paola DeCastro
Jun 23, 2017 Cheryl Krause
Jun 23, 2017 Janice Flickinger I don't understand why our country allows this when other countries don't! We need to think about what is right and what is wrong with these Pesticides! i beg you to stop using them.
Jun 23, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 23, 2017 debbie stapleton
Jun 23, 2017 Joshua Santos Save the environment!!!
Jun 23, 2017 Estella Edwards
Jun 23, 2017 Dawn Williams
Jun 23, 2017 Sara Bakker
Jun 23, 2017 Leslie Martin
Jun 23, 2017 Joann Adkinson
Jun 23, 2017 Abdullah Islam
Jun 23, 2017 Charles Hendriks
Jun 23, 2017 Susan Pizza
Jun 23, 2017 linda spinazzola
Jun 23, 2017 G Aman
Jun 23, 2017 Jo Levkoff
Jun 23, 2017 Janet Hollinger
Jun 23, 2017 christine olsgard
Jun 23, 2017 cristina mastellone
Jun 23, 2017 Kendall Rietfors
Jun 23, 2017 Teresa Kohl
Jun 22, 2017 Rilla Heslin
Jun 21, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Jun 20, 2017 Wayne Gallas
Jun 20, 2017 Dana Allen These chemicals are increasingly deadly to our health and survival! The bees are an absolutely critical part of the pollination process for many of our fruits and vegetables WHICH WE MUST HAVE TO LIVE so we MUST take a stand to protect them!
Jun 20, 2017 Suzan Sturdivant Please stop
Jun 19, 2017 Lin Sunseri
Jun 19, 2017 Mary Ware
Jun 19, 2017 Lynn Laupheimer
Jun 19, 2017 Jane Hanlin
Jun 19, 2017 William Ronald
Jun 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 19, 2017 ilyse fein We and our children will all pay a [rice too high if we do not act now
Jun 19, 2017 Kimberly Ostermeier
Jun 19, 2017 Nancy Gray
Jun 19, 2017 Josephine Polifroni
Jun 19, 2017 Maria Smith
Jun 19, 2017 Richard Anderson
Jun 19, 2017 Beverly Konik
Jun 19, 2017 Linda Bruce
Jun 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jun 19, 2017 Cherie Scott These horrific pesticides need to be banned from use forever. Stop harming innocent people including children...who are the most vulnerable!
Jun 19, 2017 (Name not displayed)

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