Ban the Use of Harmful Pesticides


Target: Brian Leahy, Director of California Department of Pesticide Regulation

Goal: Ban the use of pesticides that are harmful to kids

It has been proven that harmful pesticides often negatively influence a child’s developing brain and nervous system, even at the low levels found on food that is consumed. One particular pesticide, known as chlorpyrifos, is now under review in California.

Recent studies have shown that prenatal exposure to chlorpyrifos is linked to the increased risk of learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders, as well as a range of other cognitive impairments. Additionally, low birth weights and reduced mental and motor capacities are often common side effects of exposure.

Unfortunately, in 2011, more than 1.2 million pounds of this pesticide were used in California’s fields. Consequently, children in rural areas were continuously exposed to this dangerous chemical. Children throughout the state were also consuming the chemical residue found on their food.

Luckily, the Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) is currently working to replace the use of hazardous pesticides with better alternatives. This organization can provide support for farmers to make the transition to safer chemicals. The Californian government also has the power to protect children by removing this pesticide from the market. By signing this petition, you will urge the Department of Pesticide Regulation to do so in order to prioritize the health and well-being of California’s children.


Dear Mr Leahy,

In 2011, more than 1.2 million pounds of a harmful insecticide were used in California’s fields. Recent studies, however, have shown that prenatal exposure to this pesticide, known as chlorpyrifos, is linked to a host of problems in developing children, including a greater chance of developing learning disabilities and cognitive impairments. Children also have an increased risk of reduced perceptual reasoning, as well as poorer overall mental and motor development.

Unfortunately, because these chemicals are actively used for crops, children in rural areas are often exposed to low levels of chlorpyrifos. Additionally, children throughout the state consume the chemical residue on their food.

Allowing for the continued use of these chemicals is inhumane and severely detrimental to human health. Your department, however, has the power to stop it. I urge you to take action today by removing this harmful pesticide from the market. The Pesticide Action Network North America (PANNA) can also work with farmers to help them transition to safer, better alternatives. In this way, we can prioritize the health of children in California.


[Your name here]

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