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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


Apr 26, 2018 Ivan Duran
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Apr 26, 2018 (Name not displayed) https://www.liveaction.org/petition/
Apr 26, 2018 Helle Mikkelsen
Apr 26, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 26, 2018 Margie Hancock
Apr 26, 2018 Candace Slivinski
Apr 26, 2018 Lynda Arredondo
Apr 26, 2018 Rebecca Maria
Apr 26, 2018 Nadia Gibbs
Apr 26, 2018 Aida Sousa
Apr 26, 2018 Irina Kashirina
Apr 26, 2018 Catherine RUDOLF NNAJI
Apr 26, 2018 Diana BIRCH
Apr 25, 2018 Carmen Spinu
Apr 25, 2018 Abby Bernhardt
Apr 25, 2018 Bonnie Windedal
Apr 25, 2018 Tania D'Agostino
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Apr 25, 2018 m sambuchino
Apr 25, 2018 William Busi
Apr 25, 2018 Maureen Downs We have to stop using these toxic chemicals
Apr 25, 2018 Sophie Benger
Apr 25, 2018 Carol Brazee
Apr 25, 2018 Jo Ann Arriola
Apr 25, 2018 Pamela Bendix
Apr 25, 2018 Aleta Hays
Apr 25, 2018 Tara Biss
Apr 25, 2018 Norman Traum
Apr 25, 2018 Liz Anderson
Apr 25, 2018 Courtney Barnings
Apr 25, 2018 Sherri hodges
Apr 25, 2018 Marlisa James
Apr 25, 2018 Christine Stever
Apr 25, 2018 Dina Danielsen
Apr 25, 2018 Terri Hughes
Apr 25, 2018 Dr. Scott Whitener
Apr 25, 2018 Crystle Tellerday
Apr 25, 2018 Debbie McBride The BEE and Insects are being killed by the millions. PEOPLE cannot exist without BEES.
Apr 25, 2018 Christiane MASSONNEAU
Apr 25, 2018 Sun Green
Apr 25, 2018 SYLVANA ARGUELLO
Apr 25, 2018 Haley Lavris
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Apr 25, 2018 zaneta garratt
Apr 25, 2018 Joan Kolessar
Apr 25, 2018 Joanne Ferguson
Apr 25, 2018 Maria Arteaga
Apr 25, 2018 Heidi Taylor
Apr 25, 2018 James Forero

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