Take Action! Help Ban a Pesticide Linked to Brain Damage in Children

Written by Greenwise Team
Published on April 12, 2013
We’re reposting this petition we received from our friends at the Pesticide Action Network North America (PAN North America, or PANNA). PANNA works to replace the use of hazardous pesticides with ecologically sound and socially just alternatives. As one of five PAN Regional Centers worldwide, they link local and international consumer, labor, health, environment, and agriculture groups into an international citizens’ action network. This network challenges the global proliferation of pesticides, defends basic rights to health and environmental quality, and works to ensure the transition to a just and viable society.

We know chlorpyrifos harms kids. It’s time to act.


As of this morning, we have 60 extra days to press EPA for a smart decision on chlorpyrifos.

Public outcry about this widely used insecticide convinced the agency to keep the public comment period open. Let’s keep it up!

Scientists have known for years that this insecticide is especially harmful to kids. Back in 2001, chlorpyrifos was banned from home use because exposure put children’s developing nervous systems at risk. Yet 8-10 million pounds are still applied every year in agricultural fields.

EPA, it’s time!

Tell agency officials to fully consider the strong science linking chlorpyrifos to children’s health harms — and then take swift action to protect our kids.

As EPA takes a look at the risks to “bystanders” when chlorpyrifos drifts from fields, it’s overlooking science showing that this pesticide can be very, very damaging to children — even at extremely low levels. In utero exposure has been linked to changes in brain architecture that can last a lifetime, and prenatal and early childhood exposures can reduce IQ levels by 7 points or more. The list goes on, but these effects are not even considered in EPA’s current review.

Sign on today!

Continued use of chlorpyrifos on apples, strawberries, broccoli, and many other crops guarantees that kids are exposed, either in their daily diet or — in the case of rural children — by breathing pesticide drift at home or at school. Tell EPA enough is enough.

Thanks so much for taking action!

Click Here to Sign the Petition