After years of pressure from Earthjustice lawsuits and advocacy efforts by a diverse coalition of groups, the EPA recently proposed banning the dangerous neurotoxic pesticide chlorpyrifos from all food crops.
The agency will be accepting public comments on its proposal until January 5—and we need you to take action immediately to ask the EPA to ban ALL uses of chlorpyrifos now.
Dow AgroSciences—which manufactured the millions of pounds of chlorpyrifos sprayed on our agricultural fields this past year—is doing everything in its power to stop or weaken the ban. We urgently need you to tell the EPA to stand up to the pesticide industry!
Chlorpyrifos poisons farmworkers and communities at alarming rates and causes serious brain and neurodevelopmental impairments in children. The EPA 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. It is already banned for residential uses because of its harm to kids.
What’s worse is just how widely the pesticide is used—millions of pounds applied each year on crops from corn to almonds and fruit trees—and even Christmas trees sold during the holiday season!
We can’t let chlorpyrifos continue to poison people. Urge the agency to ban all uses of this toxic pesticide now.
December 11, 2015 Action Alert ID# 309
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