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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 22, 2017 Jodi Carlin
Jul 22, 2017 Serenella Castri
Jul 22, 2017 cathy conner
Jul 22, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Jul 20, 2017 Denise Griffin
Jul 20, 2017 Alanna Reuben
Jul 20, 2017 Catheryn Sproull
Jul 19, 2017 Lucia S.
Jul 19, 2017 tami mccready
Jul 18, 2017 Vanessa Jamison
Jul 16, 2017 David Tracy
Jul 15, 2017 Linda Norris Please stop destroying our world and our people with pesticides that hurt them.
Jul 14, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 14, 2017 Amanda Stogner
Jul 14, 2017 Danijela Cebic
Jul 13, 2017 Lisa Wain
Jul 13, 2017 Helen Ryan
Jul 13, 2017 norma graciela varrone cancio
Jul 13, 2017 Sherry Whitley
Jul 13, 2017 Lora Zeis
Jul 13, 2017 Elaine Tokarski
Jul 13, 2017 tiffany dellaria
Jul 13, 2017 Deborah Golembiewski
Jul 12, 2017 Angela Thomas
Jul 12, 2017 Ronda Reynolds
Jul 12, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 12, 2017 Rebecca Oberlin
Jul 12, 2017 Evelyn McCurry
Jul 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 11, 2017 Robert Ange
Jul 11, 2017 Catherine Gnader
Jul 11, 2017 Judith Mayhew
Jul 11, 2017 m a
Jul 11, 2017 Jan Brittan
Jul 11, 2017 June Meek
Jul 11, 2017 montana stambaugh Please discontinue these pesticides from everyday use-this will enable future generations health and happy lives.
Jul 11, 2017 K. D.
Jul 11, 2017 Katherine Feister
Jul 11, 2017 Felicia Plastini
Jul 11, 2017 Tiffany Smith
Jul 11, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 11, 2017 Lael Keen
Jul 11, 2017 Scarlett Robinson
Jul 11, 2017 Scott Jarvis
Jul 11, 2017 Sharon Lin
Jul 11, 2017 Rose Cody
Jul 11, 2017 Isabel Rivero Badiola
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Jul 9, 2017 Lindsey Dakin
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