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Petitioning EPA Administrator McCarthy

Ban Dangerous Neurotoxic Pesticides!

by Marylynn Farrell on July 26, 2016


TARGET 1.000 SIGNATURES 764 supporters

Pesticides are an enormous group of chemicals designed to kill unwanted insects (insecticides), weeds (herbicides), rodents (rodenticides), fungi (fungicides), and other so-called pests. The problem is, many of the chemicals used to kill pests also endanger human health. Commonly applied insecticides, for example, have been linked to cancers, birth defects, and learning disabilities.

Numerous studies have shown that these pesticides are killing bees and many other non-target insects, and research now suggests danger for us, too.

The most toxic pesticides, such as chlorpyrifos, has been linked to developmental delays, lower IQ, learning deficits, and persistent neurological problems in children. This class of pesticides kills insects through a neurological pathway that also exists in humans.

Designed to kill weeds, herbicides have long been thought to be fairly benign to animals and people.

Neonicotinoids are systemic pesticides, meaning they’re in every part of a plant. Generally, seeds are coated in the pesticide before they’re planted, and, as a plant develops, the chemicals move into the leaves, roots, pollen, nectar, and even the food products eventually made from the crop. If insects feed on any part of the plant — even water droplets released by plant leaves — the pesticide, a neurotoxin, kills them. Germany, France and Italy have banned a class of potent pesticides

The most vulnerable to pesticide are children, that is why should limit the use of these toxic products. Kids, farmworkers and families in rural areas are getting an extra dose of this brain harming chemical as it drifts from nearby agricultural fields: it’s on the product, in the air and in the water.  Delaying and derailing regulations leave the health of millions of people at risk.

A total ban is what people need and deserve!

Please sign this petition and urge the EPA Administrator McCarthy to ban them!


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