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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


Dec 13, 2017 Linda Zanichkowsky
Dec 13, 2017 SERGIO ANTON
Dec 11, 2017 doris gonen
Dec 11, 2017 A Martin
Dec 7, 2017 Chris D
Nov 28, 2017 Laura Daigen-Ayala
Nov 26, 2017 Deborah Sharpe
Nov 25, 2017 Sofi Nordstrom
Nov 22, 2017 Cheryll Poulin
Nov 22, 2017 Donna Cosimano
Nov 20, 2017 patricia remollino
Nov 20, 2017 Alexis Remollino
Nov 20, 2017 Richard Leliaert I respond to Pope Francis's call in his writing Laudato Si about our mutual obligation to bind together throughout the world to care for our environment. It is a moral challenge calling for a bold moral response.
Nov 20, 2017 Carol Painter
Nov 19, 2017 Karen Hurst
Nov 19, 2017 Christopher Evans
Nov 19, 2017 Stacey Govito
Nov 18, 2017 Maria Francaviglia Please, for all humans and animals, these pesticides need to be ban forever immediately. There must be a better way to take care of unwanted garden pests. Thank you.
Nov 18, 2017 Carolyn Hoffman
Nov 18, 2017 Virgene Link-New Organophosphates are linked to "mad cow" disease, and Creutzfeldt-Jacob Syndrome.
Nov 18, 2017 Sharon Engberg
Nov 18, 2017 Catherine C Evans I heartily agree that the whole class of neurotoxic organophosphate pesticides should be immediately banned - for damaging the brains of children, poisoning underpaid farmworkers (often immigrants!), and contaminating our food and water. It's about time!
Nov 18, 2017 Thomas Washburn, M.D. This nation must honor and protect our farm workers and their families. We depend on them for getting fresh fruits and vegetables in our grocery stores.
Nov 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 18, 2017 Nicole Miller
Nov 18, 2017 Robin Patten
Nov 18, 2017 Roberta Moore
Nov 18, 2017 Susan Palmer
Nov 18, 2017 Jan Adler
Nov 18, 2017 Pamela Jarvis
Nov 18, 2017 Carol Nau
Nov 18, 2017 Beverly Brzycki
Nov 18, 2017 Shannon Patrick
Nov 18, 2017 Vlado Gasperov
Nov 18, 2017 Jacqueline Stimpert
Nov 18, 2017 Dixie Pleska
Nov 18, 2017 (Name not displayed) Please keep our children and grandchildren safe from harm from these chemicals.
Nov 18, 2017 David Rozanski
Nov 18, 2017 (Name not displayed) Stop ruining our planet with these nasty and deadly chemicals!
Nov 18, 2017 Candice Paulus Poisons are indiscriminate killers. They destroy the earth, both wild and domestic animals, and humans. They all should be banned!
Nov 18, 2017 Margaret Goscilo
Nov 18, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Nov 18, 2017 Elizabeth Shirah
Nov 18, 2017 Janice Phillips
Nov 18, 2017 Mary Martin
Nov 18, 2017 Jini Fisher
Nov 18, 2017 Caroline Chesebrough
Nov 18, 2017 Ben C
Nov 18, 2017 Lauren Robins PLEASE!!! Use your common healthy senses...
Nov 18, 2017 Jeanne Peters

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