Target: Gina McCarthy, head of the Environmental Protection Agency
Goal: Ban the use of the toxic pesticide chlorpyrifos on crops.
The EPA is currently considering banning chlorpyrifos, a harmful pesticide that’s widely used in farming. The pesticide contaminates food and water supplies, and it has been linked to cases of acute poisoning. Research has also shown that exposure to chlorpyrifos can lead to lowered IQ and attention deficit disorder in children. In 2016, the EPA released an updated assessment of chlorpyrifos that stated that the current safety standards for the pesticide aren’t enough to protect the public’s health.
The pesticide is extremely harmful to farm workers, their children, and communities around farms where it is used. When the chemical is sprayed into the air, the wind picks it up and often sends the pesticide into nearby neighborhoods. The pesticide is also toxic to many birds, including grackles, pigeons, and mallard ducks. Plus, chlorpyrifos is toxic to bees, which can be poisoned up to 24 hours after the pesticide is sprayed.
The EPA will soon make their final decision on banning chlorpyrifos. For the good of local communities and farm workers who have been harmed by this pesticide, this ban should be put through. Sign this petition to urge the EPA to ban chlorpyrifos once and for all.
Dear Ms. McCarthy,
I am in support of the ban on chlorpyrifos. This pesticide contaminates food and water supplies, and studies have shown that exposure to it can lead to attention deficit disorder and lowered IQ in children. Chlorpyrifos has also been linked to cases of acute poisoning.
The pesticide is harmful to both local communities and wildlife around farms. Farm workers and their children breathe in the pesticide after it is sprayed, and the pesticide can also drift on the wind to neighborhoods around the farms. The pesticide is also toxic for a number of species, including grackles, pigeons, mallard ducks, and bees.
With so many natural pesticide alternatives available, there is no reason to continue using a toxic chemical that is extremely harmful to both humans and animals. The decision to ban chlorpyrifos is the right choice for farm workers and communities who live close to farms that use this toxic pesticide. Please put through the ban on chlorpyrifos.
[Your Name Here]
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