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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

Dec 18, 2017 Paula P
Dec 18, 2017 Heinz-Helmut Umbreit
Dec 18, 2017 Martha Reed I don't know about causing autism, may be one of yhe causes. But we should try to prevent the other things.
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Dec 18, 2017 Stefanie Ganz
Dec 18, 2017 Rachel Colomb
Dec 17, 2017 Anna Ginzburg
Dec 17, 2017 Lyndsey Jones
Dec 17, 2017 Mary Brickley
Dec 17, 2017 Gregory Brooks
Dec 17, 2017 Amy Wolfberg
Dec 17, 2017 Nikki Jedlicka
Dec 17, 2017 Elizabeth Rose
Dec 17, 2017 Cheryl Gibson
Dec 17, 2017 farah amlashi
Dec 17, 2017 Palova Valenti For a better world!
Dec 17, 2017 Claudia Schulz
Dec 17, 2017 Jennifer Malaval
Dec 17, 2017 Sandra Orsi
Dec 17, 2017 Luisa Pomar
Dec 17, 2017 Luisa Colom
Dec 16, 2017 Margaret Lowery
Dec 16, 2017 Maureen Townsend
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Dec 16, 2017 Rosa Yoon-Jung Otterstetter
Dec 16, 2017 Roberta R Czarnecki
Dec 16, 2017 Jo Johnson
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Dec 16, 2017 Judy Murphy
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Dec 16, 2017 Sheryl Creeley
Dec 16, 2017 Robin Blanton
Dec 16, 2017 VANESSA DIAZ
Dec 16, 2017 Elisabeth Halpert
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Dec 16, 2017 Terry Smith
Dec 16, 2017 Jill Ryan
Dec 15, 2017 Rachit Garg
Dec 15, 2017 amanda holm
Dec 15, 2017 Mary Floyd
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Dec 15, 2017 Jennifer Case
Dec 15, 2017 MaryEdna Salvi
Dec 15, 2017 Carey Sutton
Dec 15, 2017 Marguerite Elia
Dec 15, 2017 Stacy Harris
Dec 15, 2017 (Name not displayed) There are less expensive, non-toxic solutions that would result in more profit, and better tasting food. It is an inhumane and heartless industry that will cause destruction and disease for generations. The EPA should pay our medical bills.
Dec 15, 2017 (Name not displayed)

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