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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 17, 2018 Camille Yergeau
Jan 17, 2018 Javier Cerda
Jan 17, 2018 Carrie Carlson
Jan 17, 2018 Justin LeGrow
Jan 15, 2018 Adeline Wong
Jan 15, 2018 Carolyn Lombardi
Jan 15, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Jan 15, 2018 Elaine Taylor
Jan 15, 2018 Evseeva Olya
Jan 14, 2018 Charmon Ashby
Jan 13, 2018 KAREN SWEENEY
Jan 13, 2018 Karen Wineinger
Jan 13, 2018 Ginnette Simmonds
Jan 13, 2018 kim gilbertson
Jan 12, 2018 Christine Best
Jan 12, 2018 Rodolfo Conde
Jan 12, 2018 Audra Guecia
Jan 12, 2018 Aimee Merino
Jan 12, 2018 sim mirande
Jan 12, 2018 Helga Preinesberger
Jan 12, 2018 Terrie Balmer
Jan 12, 2018 Kathryn N. Fox
Jan 12, 2018 Paul O'Hagan
Jan 12, 2018 Barbara Mazzarella
Jan 12, 2018 (Name not displayed) WTH????? QUIT FEEDING THIS TO US!!!
Jan 12, 2018 Betty Stroud
Jan 12, 2018 (Name not displayed) Toxic chemicals serve only the greedy!
Jan 12, 2018 Setsuko Maruki-Fox
Jan 12, 2018 Peter Menham
Jan 12, 2018 Joseph Tyrrell
Jan 12, 2018 Deborah Scharf
Jan 12, 2018 Jennifer York
Jan 12, 2018 whitney Hendrix
Jan 12, 2018 Elizabeth Harvey
Jan 12, 2018 Tracy Kalesnik
Jan 12, 2018 Austin McCabe
Jan 12, 2018 M Joan Hutton
Jan 12, 2018 Denise Watkins Please help protect us! These pesticides are dangerous to all of us and all animals! They must be banned. Too much damage has already been done. Thank you for your focused attention.
Jan 12, 2018 julie roberts
Jan 12, 2018 Joyce and Doug Dillenberger Pesticides disorient migrating birds and butterflies. Pesticides damage agricultural workers and children in general. BAN THESE NEUROTOXIC ORGANOPHOSPHATES NOW!!!!!!
Jan 12, 2018 John Vermillion
Jan 12, 2018 elizabeth devine
Jan 12, 2018 Patricia Ransford
Jan 12, 2018 June Wing
Jan 12, 2018 karen nazer
Jan 12, 2018 Jana Baber
Jan 12, 2018 Liz Sigel
Jan 12, 2018 (Name not displayed) Toxic chemicals harm wildlife in addition to humans.
Jan 12, 2018 Dana Evans

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