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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 25, 2017 Kathryn Dalenberg
Jul 25, 2017 Diane Boulais
Jul 25, 2017 Denisia Sanders
Jul 25, 2017 Elaine Fischer
Jul 25, 2017 Christine CEARD
Jul 25, 2017 Lisa Conner
Jul 25, 2017 mary howe
Jul 25, 2017 Denise Tuttle
Jul 25, 2017 Stacey MacLennan
Jul 25, 2017 Patricia Kreger
Jul 25, 2017 Ursela Rabe
Jul 25, 2017 Karst Dutto
Jul 25, 2017 Carol Pacelli
Jul 25, 2017 Marci Moss
Jul 25, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Jul 25, 2017 Rhiannon Carpenter
Jul 25, 2017 Janis Westendorf
Jul 25, 2017 RICHARD JAKUBEC
Jul 25, 2017 LYNN WELLS
Jul 25, 2017 Rose Nichols
Jul 25, 2017 Nelie Owen
Jul 25, 2017 Linda Cummings
Jul 25, 2017 Diana Berkshire
Jul 25, 2017 Florence Sullivan
Jul 25, 2017 Mary Arutunian
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Jul 25, 2017 jean-claude louvet
Jul 25, 2017 marianne louvet
Jul 25, 2017 annick louvet
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Jul 25, 2017 Karen Waldvogel
Jul 25, 2017 elias shabot
Jul 25, 2017 Kathryn N. Fox Ban these pesticides. Plant diverse crops;use birds, bats, frogs, etc. for insect control. Our family has had multiple neuro disorders I believe came from pesticide use around our property.
Jul 25, 2017 christine zimmerman
Jul 25, 2017 jean jakusz #NoToxicPesticides
Jul 25, 2017 David Daniel
Jul 25, 2017 Paula Roberts
Jul 25, 2017 Marie-Jeanne Somville
Jul 25, 2017 Linda Wright
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Jul 25, 2017 Pam Hilbert
Jul 25, 2017 Cynthia Squires
Jul 25, 2017 Lucilla Bellucci
Jul 25, 2017 Jo-Ann Savoia
Jul 25, 2017 Jessica Steffan This need a to be done! Enough greed and corruption
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Jul 25, 2017 Karol Morton
Jul 25, 2017 Linda McLain
Jul 25, 2017 Jacqueline Valle
Jul 25, 2017 Denise Fitzpatrick

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