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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


Aug 23, 2017 Michelle Sauber
Aug 23, 2017 Grace Camilleri
Aug 23, 2017 Kathleen Boyd
Aug 23, 2017 mary grimaldo
Aug 23, 2017 Diane Smith
Aug 23, 2017 Judy Paul
Aug 23, 2017 Chelsea Hopper
Aug 23, 2017 Kim Gordon
Aug 23, 2017 Dawna Bemis
Aug 23, 2017 Ann Breeden
Aug 23, 2017 Gail Holloway
Aug 23, 2017 Lynn Onorato
Aug 23, 2017 Dianne Doochin
Aug 23, 2017 Jessica Powers
Aug 23, 2017 Pamela Sullivan
Aug 23, 2017 Jeanne Lyke
Aug 23, 2017 Sara Rathfon
Aug 23, 2017 Kris Dolph
Aug 23, 2017 (Name not displayed) I moved here because my last bunch of neighbors all used pesticides on their lawns and the landscapers used blowers which blew it into the air. I would see dead bees.
Aug 23, 2017 Emma Hathaway
Aug 23, 2017 j Rouff
Aug 23, 2017 Richard Comar
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Aug 23, 2017 françois charpenay
Aug 23, 2017 Arleen Barber
Aug 23, 2017 Marc Meshekow
Aug 23, 2017 Roni Friedman
Aug 23, 2017 Pat Tech
Aug 23, 2017 Helena Gebrier
Aug 23, 2017 Susan Burns
Aug 23, 2017 Cara Canedo
Aug 23, 2017 Mary Barr
Aug 23, 2017 Judith Gabriel
Aug 23, 2017 Roberta Johnson I keep findin bed bees on my deck.
Aug 23, 2017 M Warner
Aug 23, 2017 Karen McHugh
Aug 23, 2017 Lynn Camhi
Aug 23, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Aug 23, 2017 alexandra hamilton
Aug 23, 2017 Susan Rengstorf
Aug 23, 2017 Lorena Ruiz
Aug 23, 2017 mary hascall
Aug 23, 2017 Lynn Peters
Aug 23, 2017 Noeleen Vermaas
Aug 23, 2017 Joanie Vigh
Aug 23, 2017 Nikki Oliphant
Aug 23, 2017 Susan M Maros Victoria
Aug 23, 2017 Jessica Bednash
Aug 23, 2017 Marlene Rosenberg
Aug 23, 2017 Patricia Matteson

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