TAKE ACTION: THIS TOXIC PESTICIDE IS POISONING OUR FOOD, CHILDREN, AND WORKERS
In a move that will put almost anyone who comes into contact with many common foods at risk, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt has refused to ban the toxic pesticide chlorpyrifos, or or CPF Nerve Gas for short.
Based on many scientific studies, the EPA determined that even very low levels of exposure to CPF nerve gas can cause irreparable harm and damage children’s developing brains.
But Pruitt refuses to ban this dangerous chemical from our food, a decision that neglects the agency’s own science and puts millions at risk.
CPF nerve gas contaminates our food and water, and agricultural workers and families in rural communities are at the front lines of exposure to this neurotoxic chemical. Exposing children to CPF results in reduced IQ, loss of working memory and attention deficit disorders. Workers poisoned by CPF experience vomiting, muscle cramps and twitching, tremors and weakness. This neurotoxic pesticide was banned for residential use 17 years ago, so why would the EPA continue to allow it to be used on farms, where it can poison everything it touches?
GreenLatinos will hold the EPA accountable until a full ban is in place. Join us in urging the government to keep this toxic pesticide out of our food, our water, our schools and yards, and our bodies.
The language of the petition is below:
I urge you to take action to protect children, workers and consumers from the pesticide chlorpyrifos. All chlorpyrifos uses must be banned.
The science is in: There are no safe uses of chlorpyrifos. Prenatal exposures to this chemical are associated with reduced IQ, loss of working memory, attention disorders and delayed motor development. Whenever chlorpyrifos is sprayed, it can cause immediate and long-term health harms to kids, farmers, farmworkers and others who are exposed. In fact, chlorpyrifos poisons workers and surrounding communities every year. In its latest risk assessment of chlorpyrifos, the EPA determined that all exposures to it are unsafe. The agency found that:
All food exposures exceed safe levels, with children ages 1-2 exposed to levels of chlorpyrifos that are 140 times what the EPA deems safe
There is no safe level of chlorpyrifos in drinking water
Chlorpyrifos is found at unsafe levels in the air at schools and homes in communities in agricultural areas
All workers who mix and apply chlorpyrifos are exposed to unsafe levels of the pesticide, even with maximum personal protective equipment and engineering controls
Action on this toxic chemical is long overdue. If you want to:
Protect children from learning and memory impairments
Protect communities from pesticide poisonings when chlorpyrifos drifts in the air into nearby neighborhoods and schools
Prevent contamination of our food
Prevent contamination of our drinking water
Prevent worker poisonings and harm to workers' children
I urge you to speak out, hold the EPA accountable, and take action to ban this neurotoxic pesticide.
Thank you for your consideration of this important issue. I look forward to hearing about how you will stand up to protect children, workers and consumers from chlorpyrifos.