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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


May 23, 2017 Carol Morris
May 23, 2017 mona schneider
May 23, 2017 Dulce Monteiro
May 23, 2017 Laura Harvey
May 23, 2017 Erica Brinker
May 23, 2017 Kellie Valentine
May 23, 2017 Gisela Sodorsky
May 23, 2017 Taryn Geer
May 23, 2017 Brenda Galeles
May 23, 2017 Lauren Oggiono
May 23, 2017 Roberta Knox
May 23, 2017 Jade Champathong
May 23, 2017 Lorena Mazuelo
May 23, 2017 lee heiber
May 23, 2017 Angel Haddock
May 23, 2017 Elizabeth Williams
May 23, 2017 Daniela Popovici
May 23, 2017 Amy Whitfield
May 23, 2017 Luisa Melo
May 23, 2017 Bistra Staykova
May 23, 2017 Lillian Gueli
May 23, 2017 Barb Michalski We are slowly poison ourselves and all that dwell on a Mother Earth. We need to stop using these chemicals and go back to nature ways.
May 23, 2017 Flora Psarianos
May 23, 2017 gary mongillo
May 23, 2017 Paula Daley
May 23, 2017 shanna ritchie
May 23, 2017 tadeusz pawlaczek
May 22, 2017 dolores moreno
May 22, 2017 Melissa Sigman
May 22, 2017 charin Suárez
May 22, 2017 Naoi Martin
May 22, 2017 Erica Daves
May 22, 2017 Joan Miller
May 22, 2017 Andrea Neal
May 22, 2017 William Hipkins
May 22, 2017 Mark Hirschman
May 22, 2017 margo molin
May 22, 2017 Jacqueline Renwick
May 22, 2017 Michele Mitchell
May 22, 2017 Karen Hornberger
May 22, 2017 Susan Boyd
May 22, 2017 Bambi Liggett
May 22, 2017 Alex Vickery-Howe
May 22, 2017 Martha Winsten Pesticides are already threatening our survival as a species. Time to get rid of the most dangerous.
May 22, 2017 Bentley Family
May 22, 2017 Jamie McNail
May 22, 2017 Jose Ferreyra
May 22, 2017 Kathryn Hinds
May 22, 2017 Marie Hyder Most pesticides do more harm than help agriculture.
May 22, 2017 Donna Eire

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