United Farm Workers


EPA reconsidering toxic pesticide methyl iodide. Sign the petition today.

For the last 5 years, we've been tirelessly working to stop the use of methyl iodide, a cancer causing pesticide that scientists call, "one of the most toxic chemicals on earth." In March of 2010, the UFW even took legal action joining with other environmental groups.

Our hard work is paying off: The U.S. EPA has announced it will reconsider its decision to allow the use of this toxic pesticide. It has opened a public comment period on our legal action.

On May 12th, the day before the EPA's comment period closes, the UFW and our partners' goal is to turn in a petition with 200,000 signatures. We already have more than 40,000 signatures.

  • Won't you sign and help us reach our goal by clicking the grey submit button on the right?

The science is clear: This pesticide is too toxic to be used safely. But big ag wants it, and they are used to getting what they want.

As Cesar Chavez said, "Why do we allow farm workers to carry the burden of pesticides on their shoulders?"

Help us get rid of this toxin for once and for all. Sign our petition and urge the EPA and Administrator Lisa Jackson to do their jobs and protect the people.

Si Se Puede!

Petition Language:

We urge you to follow the science on methyl iodide. We write in strong support of the petition to suspend and cancel all uses of methyl iodide (iodomethane) in the United States. Scientists across the country have studied and spoken: this chemical is too toxic to be used safely as a soil fumigant pesticide, and has no place in American agriculture.

Instead, we urge you to initiate a public process with USDA and President Obama to direct agricultural spending toward a green agricultural economy. Federal spending should support innovative farmers who grow food without reliance on toxic chemicals including synthetic fumigant pesticides, and scientists who document effective practices for fumigant-free farming. These farmers and researchers steward our natural resources and offer important engines for rural economic growth.