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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 21, 2018 M T
May 20, 2018 Sue White
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May 16, 2018 Sabrina Lester-Granger
May 15, 2018 Leila Martirez
May 14, 2018 Lisa Delabre
May 14, 2018 laura Haworth
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May 13, 2018 Jane Davidson
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May 12, 2018 Kim Van
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May 10, 2018 Marta Sloane Please ban use of glyphosphates as well as other organophosphate pesticides. they cause serious damage to humans and animals. Thank you!
May 9, 2018 Corinne WOITIEZ
May 5, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 3, 2018 (Name not displayed)
May 3, 2018 Christine Elie
May 3, 2018 Lisa Saunders
May 1, 2018 gabriele jefferson
Apr 30, 2018 Stacey Lightfoot
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Apr 29, 2018 Birgit Ditto
Apr 29, 2018 Christine Nicholson
Apr 28, 2018 brenda romanini
Apr 27, 2018 suzanne caruso
Apr 27, 2018 kristen rangel
Apr 27, 2018 paul dormer
Apr 26, 2018 susan closson
Apr 26, 2018 Ivan Duran
Apr 26, 2018 (Name not displayed)
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
Apr 25, 2018 (Name not displayed)
Apr 25, 2018 m sambuchino
Apr 25, 2018 William Busi
Apr 25, 2018 Maureen Downs We have to stop using these toxic chemicals

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