08 October 2015

TAKE ACTION: Ban a widely used neurotoxic pesticide (chlorpyrifos) now! 8OKT15

FROM +Earthjustice , a petition to ban a pesticide that is a serious threat, not only to the farm workers and their children but to the communities throughout farm country, and to via the food on our tables. The massive petition campaigns by Earthjustice and many other organizations to ban  the toxic pesticide killing off bees was successful, and we can win this fight too. Hope you will sign and share.....Earthjustice

TAKE ACTION! Ban a widely used neurotoxic pesticide now

Farmerworker Maria Aguilera with a child on a field in Santa Maria, CA (Dave Getzschman for Earthjustice)
Speak up to protect farmworkers, their children, and agricultural communities.

Let’s ban chlorpyrifos once and for all.
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is pulling a toxic pesticide harmful to bees off the market, following a recent court order. Now a separate court order could lead to a ban of a widely used pesticide that’s incredibly harmful to people.
The EPA has a court-ordered deadline of October 31 to respond to our request to ban chlorpyrifos, a neurotoxic pesticide that poisons farmworkers and communities at alarming rates and causes serious brain and neurodevelopmental impairments in children.
The agency has already found that extensive scientific evidence links chlorpyrifos to serious harm to children’s brains, including reduced IQ, loss of working memory, delayed development, and attention disorders.
What’s worse is just how widely the pesticide is used—on everything from cotton and corn to almonds and fruit trees, including oranges and apples.
After multiple Earthjustice lawsuits in recent years and letters from more than 150,000 individuals like you, the agency has finally started the process to ban this dangerous chemical.

Kari Birdseye
Advocacy Communications Manager
Protect all communities from the toxic risks of chlorpyrifos
Dear Administrator McCarthy,

I urge the EPA to ban all uses of the neurotoxic insecticide chlorpyrifos, based on extensive evidence that it causes brain damage in children and poisons workers and their families when it's sprayed in the fields. The EPA banned household uses of chlorpyrifos in 2001 and now has a Halloween deadline to respond to a petition to ban all remaining uses.

After years of delay, the EPA has finally acknowledged the extensive evidence that exposure to chlorpyrifos damages development of children's brains. It's time to act to protect children from reduced IQ, delayed development, and attention disorders associated with this dangerous pesticide.

Despite acknowledging the brain impairments to children at low levels of exposure, the EPA is still considering allowing continued use of this pesticide, based on studies conducted by Dow Agrosciences, the company that manufactures chlorpyrifos. Dow has a serious conflict of interest and bases its studies on intentionally dosing people, despite serious ethical and scientific flaws in the studies pointed out in the EPA's peer reviews.

The EPA should take immediate steps to ban chlorpyrifos in order to:

* Protect children from learning and memory impairments
* Protect communities from pesticide poisonings when chlorpyrifos drifts off crops and into nearby neighborhoods and schools
* Prevent contamination of drinking water sources with chlorpyrifos
* Prevent worker poisonings

Action on this toxic chemical is long overdue. I urge you to ensure that your agency moves quickly to ban chlorpyrifos now.
Thank you for your consideration of this important issue.

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