Ban Harmful Pesticides To Save Frogs

Target: Steven Bradbury, Director of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Pesticide Programs 

Goal: Prohibit the use of harmful pesticide, Atrazine, to save frog species that are rapidly decreasing in population.

‘And what is there to life if a man cannot hear the lonely cry of a whippoorwill or the arguments of the frogs around a pond at night?’– Chief Seattle, 1854.

Frogs and other amphibian populations are drastically decreasing in population and pesticides are partially to blame. Harmful pesticides like Atrazine flow from croplands to rivers where these amphibians live and reproduce. Atrazine is one of the most common pesticides around the world and over 80 million pounds were used on crops last year in America alone.

Numerous scientific studies have shown that Atrazine causes cancer in laboratory mammals and developmental problems in amphibians and fish. Not only is the lethal pesticide leaking into the habitats of frogs, but it’s also flowing through the tap water that humans depend upon for drinking.

Atrazine has been called the “21st Century’s DDT” and oddly enough, it turns male frogs into female frogs.

Although the European Union banned Atrazine in 2004, America is still using it on corn, sugar, rice, and lawn care. This issue has been on the EPA’s radar for years, but nothing has yet been done about it. Switzerland-based corporation, Syngenta, produces the pesticide and earns a whopping $11 billion off U.S. Atrazine sales.

Sign the below petition to urge the EPA to ban the usage of Atrazine and to also recall previously distributed supplies of the harmful pesticide.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Bradbury,

I am urging you to support legislation that would place a federal ban on the production and sale of Atrazine in the United States. Not only is the frog population drastically dwindling away, but other species are being negatively affected by this harmful pesticide as well.

Frogs are an essential part of our nation’s ecosystems and many species depend upon their survival. Please also consider the impact of Atrazine on humans, especially in America’s largest farming regions, and the long-term consequences of contaminated drinking water.

The European Union recognized the risks of this pesticide already nine years ago and U.S. is falling behind in environmental protection efforts. It is time that we take a stand against harmful pollutants destroying our earth’s species and seek alternatives for better farming practices.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo credit: Brian Gratwicke via Flickr

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4 Comments

  1. I don’t want to live in a polluted country, where the water and soil are unhealthy. We already have rice that is polluted with arsenic, because the soil is polluted from pesticides.
    Let’s not use a known endocrine disrupter. It not only is unhealthy for frogs, but will be extremely unhealthy for us too.

  2. many weed eliminators could be replaced with simple vinegar and water! and pesticides with flowers and herbs! now the gmo products are creating super weeds and super pest! as well as eliminating the good pest too! stop buying all these products and sign petitions to sue monsanto and epa etc, support local farmers who use organics and interestingly some pest prefer weeds!!! its called companion gardening!

  3. Steven p foreman says:

    Save the wildlife please

  4. Robert DesRosiers says:

    Interesting analogy – “Atrazine has been called the “21st Century’s DDT”. DDT was banned with no science at all. William Doyle Ruckelshaus, the first Director of the EPA, admitted the DDT ban was strictly political. All the terrible things alleged about DDT have been proven false.
    “In Sri Lanka, in 1948, there were 2.8 million malaria cases and 7,300 malaria deaths. With widespread DDT use, malaria cases fell to 17 and no deaths in 1963. After DDT use was discontinued, Sri Lankan malaria cases rose to 2.5 million in the years 1968 and 1969, and the disease remains a killer in Sri Lanka today.”
    The EPA is a key tool for those who wish the destruction of America.

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