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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

Jan 18, 2018 Sandra Rockwell
Jan 18, 2018 Gabrielle Menendez
Jan 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 18, 2018 L Branson ABSOLUTELY A NO BRAINER.
Jan 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 18, 2018 Daphne Murray
Jan 18, 2018 Katharine Hallam
Jan 18, 2018 Lea Coreau
Jan 18, 2018 Sherry Hodskins What’s to think about?
Jan 18, 2018 Dawn Avello
Jan 18, 2018 jennifer garrido
Jan 18, 2018 Melissa Odom
Jan 18, 2018 Connie Ball
Jan 18, 2018 Robin Giddings
Jan 18, 2018 Virginia Wierenga
Jan 18, 2018 Julio A
Jan 18, 2018 Robert petrusa
Jan 18, 2018 Silvia Agnoli
Jan 18, 2018 Frank Kminek
Jan 18, 2018 Oakley Taylor
Jan 18, 2018 alexa Kontzamanys
Jan 18, 2018 Sandra Boylston
Jan 18, 2018 Diana Baker
Jan 18, 2018 Michael Duddy
Jan 18, 2018 Ken Rudys
Jan 18, 2018 Renata Goodridge
Jan 18, 2018 Lorna Greer
Jan 18, 2018 Betsy Bridge
Jan 18, 2018 Larry McMullen
Jan 18, 2018 Lesley Gaither
Jan 18, 2018 Cynthia Bonino
Jan 18, 2018 Anna Kotarski
Jan 18, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 18, 2018 Brian Martin
Jan 18, 2018 Leda Zimmerman Get these awful toxic chemicals out of our food chain and out of the environment.
Jan 18, 2018 s. fixler Stop poisoning our soil, air and waterways -- stop poisoning the people!
Jan 18, 2018 Tara Rich
Jan 18, 2018 Claudia Martins
Jan 18, 2018 Valerie DiNatale
Jan 18, 2018 Shannon Comiskey
Jan 18, 2018 Rich Russom
Jan 18, 2018 Marisol Ackerman
Jan 18, 2018 Karen McKeown
Jan 18, 2018 Laurie Gorman
Jan 18, 2018 Colleen Barsotti
Jan 18, 2018 Adriana Perez
Jan 18, 2018 patt healy
Jan 18, 2018 Dan Pongallo
Jan 18, 2018 Christy Smead

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