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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


Feb 22, 2018 Danielle Fraser
Feb 22, 2018 Geraldo Majela Elias de Abreu Pereira
Feb 22, 2018 Randi Smith
Feb 22, 2018 jana pretorius
Feb 22, 2018 Ana Naumovska
Feb 21, 2018 Pixie indigo moon Findlay Moore
Feb 21, 2018 Jenny Fortsch
Feb 21, 2018 Wanda Anthony
Feb 21, 2018 Judith Pelletier
Feb 21, 2018 jude lotz
Feb 21, 2018 Vick HudnallPowers
Feb 20, 2018 renay lawrence
Feb 20, 2018 Mariana Galán
Feb 20, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Feb 20, 2018 Hanna Green
Feb 20, 2018 Victoria Cross
Feb 20, 2018 Frank DiDonato
Feb 20, 2018 Axa Tolonen
Feb 20, 2018 Mary Anne Andrews
Feb 19, 2018 Marcia Taylor
Feb 19, 2018 Marguerite Feldmann
Feb 19, 2018 Rachael Glogovsky No more toxic chemicals in our food or in our yards no more chemicals around our children or our pets
Feb 19, 2018 Lorena Bianchini
Feb 18, 2018 Lynn Brown
Feb 18, 2018 Norma Jean wright
Feb 18, 2018 Giordana Maranesi
Feb 18, 2018 Lenore Norman
Feb 18, 2018 L Bendict
Feb 18, 2018 Cheryl-Ann Weekes
Feb 17, 2018 Ana Luisa Luque M.
Feb 17, 2018 Loraine Lindsey
Feb 17, 2018 Victoria Baylova
Feb 17, 2018 Sandra DeLong
Feb 17, 2018 Maria Ribeiro
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

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