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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


Sep 20, 2017 Roxanne Morganti
Sep 20, 2017 Bożena Staniszewska
Sep 19, 2017 Melita Smith
Sep 16, 2017 Helen Folkes
Sep 16, 2017 Lola Schiefelbein
Sep 15, 2017 Robin Shepard
Sep 15, 2017 Veerle De Maesschalck
Sep 13, 2017 Tenaya Egbert
Sep 12, 2017 Maija Johansson
Sep 11, 2017 Wendy Schmidt
Sep 11, 2017 Kristi L. Meccia
Sep 10, 2017 Roxanne Pranger
Sep 10, 2017 Iris Pfelders
Sep 7, 2017 Sarah Everman It's this kind of thing people should Protest..
Sep 6, 2017 Juergen Teuschl
Sep 5, 2017 Christiane Santos
Sep 5, 2017 Kristie Hatton
Sep 4, 2017 Mary Hrusovszky
Sep 4, 2017 (Name not displayed)
Sep 4, 2017 Mary Faulkner
Sep 3, 2017 Laura Horning
Sep 3, 2017 jen bohn
Sep 2, 2017 Jennifer Cameron-Sanclemente
Sep 2, 2017 J Christian Gagnon Get rid of toxics!
Sep 2, 2017 María Jesús Escobedo Barrera
Sep 2, 2017 Gudrun Lutter
Sep 1, 2017 Barbara Lancki Why would you allow such a toxic pesticide that will cost tax payers so much more in the long run due to all of the health ramifications?
Sep 1, 2017 Jen vonSchlieder
Aug 31, 2017 Sarah Jordan
Aug 31, 2017 Butch Bochino
Aug 31, 2017 Sandra Tucker
Aug 31, 2017 Victoria Desmond
Aug 31, 2017 Richard Han
Aug 30, 2017 vanessa Ryden
Aug 30, 2017 Nancy Millhorn
Aug 30, 2017 Marianne Ivarsson
Aug 30, 2017 Kathy Argyris
Aug 30, 2017 Randa Boisclair
Aug 30, 2017 Amy aulsberry
Aug 30, 2017 Camila Patino
Aug 29, 2017 Ben Cachola
Aug 29, 2017 Lisa Atwood
Aug 29, 2017 Alina Steinberg
Aug 29, 2017 Donna Runyon
Aug 29, 2017 Angelina Schiedel
Aug 29, 2017 Elizabeth Mooney If you care about the born and unborn, why poison them?
Aug 29, 2017 Lois HEMM
Aug 29, 2017 elaine echols
Aug 29, 2017 April Carty-Palmer
Aug 29, 2017 Gail Kosinski

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