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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


Jun 17, 2018 Michael Papaleo
Jun 17, 2018 Maria Rainho
Jun 15, 2018 jeanne rogers
Jun 15, 2018 Sergio P.
Jun 14, 2018 Patricia Duncan
Jun 13, 2018 Renea Oglesby
Jun 12, 2018 Eliza Johnson
Jun 11, 2018 Roshan Akula
Jun 11, 2018 Ruth Rogers
Jun 9, 2018 Vickey Baker
Jun 9, 2018 Linda Jones
Jun 9, 2018 Marie Mock
Jun 8, 2018 Ana Chen
Jun 8, 2018 Marilyn Teplow
Jun 8, 2018 Linda Drescher
Jun 8, 2018 Paola Scodellari
Jun 8, 2018 Catherine Buchanan Allowing the CEOs of these toxic companies the right to slowly poison people is criminal. The evidence that these chemicals harm people exists. By permitting this to continue, makes you complicit in the poisonings, and guilty of criminal activities.
Jun 8, 2018 Winn Adams
Jun 7, 2018 Phil Hanson
Jun 7, 2018 Janis King
Jun 7, 2018 Nena Cook enough! stop this now
Jun 7, 2018 William Rizer
Jun 7, 2018 Sheila Desmond
Jun 7, 2018 Saran K. Ban these pesticides today, fewer doctor bills tomorrow.
Jun 7, 2018 Rob Seltzer
Jun 7, 2018 Linda Howe Were these pesticides ever legitimately tested for safety before they were allowed on the market? Probably not. We need to stand up to companies that provide invalid tests to get approval and profit from their fraus.
Jun 7, 2018 John Crotty
Jun 7, 2018 Marc Grawunder
Jun 7, 2018 Lisa Neste
Jun 7, 2018 S Jitreun
Jun 7, 2018 David Thieke
Jun 7, 2018 Sylvie Auger
Jun 7, 2018 Jens Hansen
Jun 6, 2018 Beverly Dennis
Jun 6, 2018 Toni Ostroskie
Jun 6, 2018 Melania Padilla
Jun 5, 2018 Stephanie Rohmer
Jun 5, 2018 Mary Haas
Jun 5, 2018 Ben Oscar Anderson
Jun 5, 2018 Danny van Huizen
Jun 4, 2018 Christina Vawser This is a known health issue for humans as well as other animals, not just insects. This is a substance that should have been banned many years ago. Please take the steps to ban these products now.
Jun 4, 2018 Brycelyn Pirtle
Jun 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 4, 2018 Ellen Flanagan we are killing EVERYTHING this must STOP save the animals save the planet save the animals save the planet!!!! We are polluting the earth AND the water!!! AND the food!!! Save the planet save the animals save humankind!!!!
Jun 4, 2018 Gloria Navan
Jun 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 4, 2018 leslie mccormick
Jun 4, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jun 4, 2018 AMELIA GONZALEZ
Jun 4, 2018 Harv Weisenfeld

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