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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


Mar 27, 2017 K Harper
Mar 27, 2017 Dawn Ramsey
Mar 26, 2017 Alessandro Zanaboni
Mar 26, 2017 Marlane Stewart
Mar 25, 2017 Kyriaki P
Mar 25, 2017 Kelly Rodriguez
Mar 25, 2017 Alice VanKoevering
Mar 25, 2017 Donna Deese
Mar 25, 2017 annick vaujany
Mar 25, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Mar 24, 2017 Dan Perdios
Mar 24, 2017 Lynne Doyle
Mar 24, 2017 Ann Reed
Mar 23, 2017 Russell Jackson
Mar 23, 2017 Joanna Linden
Mar 22, 2017 Linda Fair
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Mar 21, 2017 Stephen Schmiedlin
Mar 21, 2017 Mary Sier
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Mar 20, 2017 Josilene Queiroz Nascimento
Mar 20, 2017 Robert New
Mar 20, 2017 Kate Rowland
Mar 20, 2017 Anitra Gordon
Mar 20, 2017 Åsa Fredin
Mar 19, 2017 Stephanie Linam
Mar 19, 2017 Monica Ciapini
Mar 18, 2017 Susan Fisher
Mar 18, 2017 Beth Ward think about it.
Mar 18, 2017 Sibrina Russell
Mar 18, 2017 mary Jackson
Mar 17, 2017 corinne etancelin
Mar 17, 2017 Janie Rhodus
Mar 17, 2017 Cinthia Davey
Mar 17, 2017 Jenet Johnsen
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Mar 16, 2017 Stephen Moyer
Mar 16, 2017 Wendy Edler
Mar 16, 2017 Dorothy Kroger
Mar 16, 2017 Helen Golding
Mar 16, 2017 Hart Palmer
Mar 15, 2017 Pamela Fleck Pesticides are associated with Alzheimer's Disease.
Mar 15, 2017 Ed Vieira
Mar 14, 2017 Maria Brincat
Mar 14, 2017 Krystal Weilage
Mar 14, 2017 Susan Pepple
Mar 14, 2017 Erin Kennedy
Mar 14, 2017 Melissa O'Grady

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