Protect Environment and Children From Dangerous Pesticide

Target: Tim Hassinger, President and CEO of Dow AgroSciences

Goal: End the production and sale of the dangerous pesticide chlorpyrifos.

The U.S. EPA, headed by newly confirmed Trump nominee Scott Pruitt, has reversed the course of the previous administration to ban the sale and use of chlorpyrifos, a pesticide which the EPA itself has recognized as a chemical with harmful neurodevelopmental effects. By neglecting these findings and choosing to place industrial interests ahead of the safety of U.S. citizens, we are taking our demands to end the sale of chlorpyrifos directly to its producer, Dow AgroSciences, in the hopes that they will see the danger posed by this hazardous chemical and halt its production.

In the early 2000s, the EPA banned the application of chlorpyrifos in homes and around schools, recognizing the danger that the pesticide posed to the developing brains of adolescents. Since then, the evidence against chlorpyrifos has only grown stronger, as studies linked it to structural changes in infants’ brains and harm to the intellectual development of rural children exposed to the chemical during pregnancy. Chlorpyrifos also has adverse effects on our nation’s ecosystems, with EPA evidence showing the pesticide poses a risk to 1,778 species of plants and animals.

Since the EPA under the Trump administration has proved itself incapable of putting the interests of human health ahead of ideology and greed, we are forced to appeal to the company responsible for the production of chlorpyrifos. Though there is currently no legal reason for it to end production of this dangerous pesticide, there exists a moral imperative for president and CEO Tim Hassinger to recognize the hazards this chemical poses to the public and end its production for the benefit of the planet and its people.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Hassinger,

Since 2001, it has become apparent that even limited use of your company’s pesticide chlorpyrifos still poses a threat to the children of rural communities who are exposed following its application on cropland. Unfortunately, despite the EPA’s own evidence of the adverse effects chlorpyrifos has on human beings and thousands of other species, the agency has decided not to ban the use of this pesticide, erring on the side of anti-regulatory ideology rather than the safeguarding of public health and environmental protection.

However, because this chemical poses such high risk to the neurodevelopmental health of our nation’s children and the proper functioning of our native ecosystems, I am writing to you today to urge you to end Dow AgroSciences’ production and sale of chlorpyrifos. While no laws or regulations currently require you to end its sale, I believe you have a moral imperative to do so, as a human with the power to help protect our nation’s children and environment in your own way. By continuing to distribute this toxic pesticide, you and your company are complicit in the degradation of our ecosystems and the impairment of our children, but you have the power to change that. In so doing, you and your company would serve as a model for responsible agribusiness that will surely be lauded by many.  I ask you to do what’s right and put an end to the production of chlorpyrifos today, not because the government requires it, but because your conscience does.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Zefe Wu

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5 Comments

  1. Dow AgroSciences has a responsibility to ban chlorpyrifos as soon as possible. If they don’t, they should be legally held responsible for all the harm and deaths that will occur because of this chemical.

  2. Gigi Middlebrook says:

    Trump is going to kill all of us. He doesn’t get it or he just doesn’t care. It’s about the money. The greed in this country is disgusting.

  3. BAN THE PESTICIDES NOW.

  4. Rosslyn Osborne says:

    The company itself should be taking the toxic substances out of their products. It speaks volumes about a Government that still allow the uses when they know the detrimental effects it has on the environment and humanity, though.

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