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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


Feb 17, 2018 Paula Lewis
Feb 17, 2018 Garry Tinkler
Feb 17, 2018 Sela Usumi
Feb 17, 2018 Lucille Lietzau
Feb 17, 2018 Rosemary Rannes
Feb 17, 2018 Elva Munro
Feb 17, 2018 Dominique RENUCCI
Feb 17, 2018 Lisa Kay Protect our citizens and our most vulnerable children and the elderly!
Feb 17, 2018 Cindy Shoaf
Feb 17, 2018 Robert DeFlurin
Feb 17, 2018 Elizabeth Weldon
Feb 17, 2018 Becky Giarratano
Feb 17, 2018 Dominique SOUARE
Feb 17, 2018 Anne Hodapp
Feb 17, 2018 Dorothy Loffredo
Feb 17, 2018 Pamela Mitchell
Feb 17, 2018 Toby Cardoso
Feb 17, 2018 Greg Steuck
Feb 17, 2018 Fernanda Magri
Feb 17, 2018 Debbie Greene
Feb 17, 2018 Rita Jimenez
Feb 16, 2018 Caryn Cowin
Feb 16, 2018 Elizabeth McGowan
Feb 16, 2018 TIZIANA STANZANI
Feb 16, 2018 valerie Tippett
Feb 15, 2018 Barbara Szantai
Feb 15, 2018 Vianney Ventura
Feb 14, 2018 Dona Anderson This is horrible and needs to be stopped NOW!!!
Feb 14, 2018 Nico Dabajo
Feb 14, 2018 Marilyn Williams We all need clean food. Don't lawmakers eat the same food as we do? Everyone deserves to have food that is free of dangerous substances.
Feb 14, 2018 Marion Weston
Feb 12, 2018 Jennifer Rasmussen
Feb 12, 2018 b Winkler
Feb 11, 2018 Beverly Scott
Feb 11, 2018 Mariana Lukacova
Feb 10, 2018 Geniece Medsker
Feb 9, 2018 (Name not displayed) Ban these dangerous pesticides; protect the workers and our children.
Feb 8, 2018 Wendy Rothman Please ban all uses of all neurotoxic organophosphate pesticides. It hurts people mentally and physically. It is dangerous.
Feb 8, 2018 Fe Camila Azupardo
Feb 7, 2018 Sieglinda Preez
Feb 7, 2018 Fournier Fernande Certains " humains " ne sont pas en dessus de tous! Prenez, votre responsabiltée ârrêtez et aidez, s.v.p. Civilisez? Bien triste, de signez des pétitions. Merci.
Feb 5, 2018 Ramona Jackson
Feb 4, 2018 Karen Chesney
Feb 4, 2018 Linda May
Feb 4, 2018 Pat Gilch
Feb 3, 2018 David Moore
Feb 2, 2018 Ellen Cather
Feb 2, 2018 Ioanna G.
Feb 1, 2018 susan closson
Feb 1, 2018 Perlita Schubert

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