United Farm Workers

 

The science is clear. Tell the EPA to take swift action to protect all children from the harm of chlorpyrifos.

The EPA is taking another look at chlorpyrifos, and it’s about time. This insecticide is so widely used that it shows up in most of our bodies--whether or not we live near fields where it’s sprayed. And it's especially harmful to children’s developing brains.

EPA's review shows that when chlorpyrifos drifts from fields where it’s applied, it poses real risks to bystanders. But the findings overlook strong science showing that this pesticide can be very damaging to children--even at extremely low levels.

Tell the EPA it's time to protect kids. The science linking chlorpyrifos as harmful to children is clear and scientists have known that for years. Back in 2001, it was banned from home use because exposure puts children’s developing nervous systems at risk. In utero exposure has been linked to changes in brain architecture that can last a lifetime. These effects are not even considered in EPA’s current review.

Continued use of chlorpyrifos on apples, strawberries, broccoli and many other crops guarantees that our kids are still exposed, either in their daily diet or — in the case of farm worker kids — by breathing pesticide drift at home or at school. Take action today and tell the EPA that enough is enough.