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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


Jan 21, 2018 Tatum Connor
Jan 21, 2018 Robin Einstein
Jan 21, 2018 Reem Hasan
Jan 21, 2018 Heather Kessler
Jan 21, 2018 Beth Williamson
Jan 21, 2018 Dinah Handl
Jan 21, 2018 Simone Schlichthaerle Stop this
Jan 21, 2018 Ana Alvarez
Jan 20, 2018 Lisa Domenici
Jan 20, 2018 Tiffany Sternala
Jan 20, 2018 Liza LaCasse
Jan 20, 2018 Renata Viegas
Jan 20, 2018 Carol Young
Jan 20, 2018 Lou McMullen
Jan 20, 2018 Chelci Patterson
Jan 20, 2018 Christina Aragon
Jan 20, 2018 Marie Alozy
Jan 20, 2018 Teresa Cabrera
Jan 20, 2018 Mrs Cynthia Osbourn
Jan 20, 2018 Anne Harvey
Jan 20, 2018 Gail Jeune
Jan 20, 2018 Susan Benavidez
Jan 20, 2018 Silvia Mascagni
Jan 20, 2018 Lorenz Steininger
Jan 19, 2018 Rachel Deitcher
Jan 19, 2018 Tricia Kaplan
Jan 19, 2018 Jenny Cottle
Jan 19, 2018 Gayle Goedhart
Jan 19, 2018 Don McKelvey This is a no-brainer !
Jan 19, 2018 Sandra Woodall And what is the excuse for knowingly poisoning children?
Jan 19, 2018 Rhonda Carr
Jan 19, 2018 Miranda Everett
Jan 19, 2018 Rudolf Filip
Jan 19, 2018 Amy s
Jan 19, 2018 Volkmar Vogt
Jan 19, 2018 Catherine Dzwonar
Jan 19, 2018 Tracy Holroyd
Jan 19, 2018 Laurie Stevens
Jan 19, 2018 Gayner Vlastou
Jan 19, 2018 Claire Anderson
Jan 19, 2018 MaryAnn Hovey
Jan 19, 2018 Veronica Falcon Gomez
Jan 19, 2018 LAURE FELDMAN
Jan 19, 2018 Kari CAstillo
Jan 19, 2018 Fatma Kamel
Jan 19, 2018 Dayna Lamb
Jan 19, 2018 Meredith Perkins
Jan 19, 2018 Sylvia Dwyer
Jan 19, 2018 Marie Perry
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