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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 20, 2017 Susanna Pohto
Jan 20, 2017 Jackie Richards
Jan 19, 2017 Erin Vachon
Jan 19, 2017 Sandy Hardwick
Jan 19, 2017 Blagovesta Zlatanova
Jan 19, 2017 Monica Perez
Jan 19, 2017 louis Saltzman
Jan 19, 2017 Leslie Michetti
Jan 18, 2017 Susan Bortolussi
Jan 18, 2017 Jarrett Holst
Jan 18, 2017 Geraldine Rondeau
Jan 17, 2017 Pamela Sanseri
Jan 17, 2017 Jonathan Guy
Jan 17, 2017 leslie shellberg
Jan 17, 2017 Pamela Lawson
Jan 17, 2017 Malchiel Schindler
Jan 17, 2017 Veronica Galarza
Jan 16, 2017 Richard Harmon
Jan 15, 2017 Patricia Bitnar
Jan 15, 2017 Bonnie Heimbigner I garden without ANY pesticides & don't have any problems. These pesticides are so dangerous it's horrifying. It's so stupid to subject our foods & we people with these toxic killers. PLEASE,, if you value our country & people, ban these killers!!
Jan 15, 2017 Loreto Fillat De Acosta
Jan 15, 2017 Debz Jones
Jan 15, 2017 Veronique Ciesielski
Jan 15, 2017 Dena Christine These pesticides are being shown to have caused and are still causing damage to your children, especially. Why would you not ban them? I ask you to do all you can and as fast as possible to ban them.Thank You!
Jan 15, 2017 Oxana Moseychuk
Jan 15, 2017 Nancy Ortez
Jan 15, 2017 Cathy Doorten
Jan 15, 2017 debi griffin
Jan 14, 2017 Susan Scherer-Hicks
Jan 14, 2017 Janis Comstock-Jones
Jan 14, 2017 Dawn West
Jan 14, 2017 Marlie Dryden
Jan 14, 2017 Julia Maness
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Jan 14, 2017 Amanda Scholtes
Jan 14, 2017 Kris New
Jan 14, 2017 Elena Hernandez
Jan 14, 2017 Donna Delin
Jan 13, 2017 Edwin Collins
Jan 13, 2017 Brooke Riffe
Jan 13, 2017 Laura Harris
Jan 13, 2017 Beate Schoen
Jan 13, 2017 Rose Hix
Jan 13, 2017 Jennifer Perez
Jan 13, 2017 Autumn Severit
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Jan 13, 2017 Nadia Mousa
Jan 12, 2017 Yasmeen Prince
Jan 12, 2017 Tina Knight
Jan 12, 2017 Katherine Hodges

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