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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


Oct 16, 2017 Terri Robb
Oct 15, 2017 Peter Simon
Oct 14, 2017 Edward FLOUNOY
Oct 14, 2017 Karl-Heinz Braun
Oct 13, 2017 Kara Lanham
Oct 13, 2017 Rob Smiley We're still paying for the damage lead left behind in paint. toys, ceramics etc. This is a public health issue and therefore raises it to a #1 priority.
Oct 13, 2017 Giovanna Martinez
Oct 13, 2017 Liz Pope
Oct 11, 2017 Ash Decker
Oct 9, 2017 Brian Berardo
Oct 7, 2017 Susan Navidad
Oct 6, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 5, 2017 Diana Yoder
Oct 3, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Oct 3, 2017 bob Boyce
Oct 3, 2017 Marina Jelicic
Oct 2, 2017 Brock Schwartz
Oct 2, 2017 S. Hodges
Oct 2, 2017 Jane Casey
Oct 2, 2017 Darja Kadenšek
Oct 2, 2017 Katherine Clarke
Oct 2, 2017 Pam Weems
Oct 1, 2017 susan munro
Sep 29, 2017 C Evenson
Sep 29, 2017 Sherryll Shaddock
Sep 29, 2017 Janet Solomon
Sep 28, 2017 Karrie Vukelic
Sep 28, 2017 Robert Furem
Sep 28, 2017 Janis Higgins
Sep 28, 2017 Susan Briggs
Sep 28, 2017 Sara Garcia
Sep 27, 2017 Pamela Trepke
Sep 27, 2017 Richard Bosboom
Sep 23, 2017 Yumiko Starr
Sep 23, 2017 John Handley
Sep 23, 2017 Mark Valentine
Sep 22, 2017 Jodi Ford
Sep 22, 2017 Cari Brookbanks
Sep 21, 2017 Linda S Emmel
Sep 20, 2017 Roxanne Morganti
Sep 20, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Sep 19, 2017 Melita Smith
Sep 16, 2017 Helen Folkes
Sep 16, 2017 Lola Schiefelbein
Sep 15, 2017 Robin Shepard
Sep 15, 2017 Veerle De Maesschalck
Sep 13, 2017 Tenaya Egbert
Sep 12, 2017 Maija Johansson
Sep 11, 2017 Wendy Schmidt
Sep 11, 2017 Kristi L. Meccia

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