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Tell the EPA: Ban nerve-damaging pesticides harming nearly all endangered species

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    Tell the EPA: Ban nerve-damaging pesticides harming nearly all endangered species

    In a stunning new report released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), three common agricultural pesticides – chlorpyrifos, diazinon, and malathion – are likely to harm 97 percent of all plants and animals listed under the Endangered Species Act.1

    For decades, farmers have been spraying millions of pounds of these neurotoxic chemicals on food crops to control pests, while at the same time harming endangered species and our food supply without even knowing it.

    But now we have an opportunity to put a stop to the use of these dangerous pesticides. The EPA is accepting comments from the public about these dangerous chemicals for the next few weeks, so now is the time to make our voices heard on this toxic threat to America’s endangered species.

    Tell the EPA: Ban the use of chlorpyrifos, diazinon, and malathion to protect endangered species.

    These three pesticides are known as organophosphates, which kill insects by disrupting their brains and nervous systems.2 Unfortunately, these toxic chemicals can also react in humans and animals in a similar way. In fact, this class of insecticides has been found in 87 percent of human umbilical-cord samples and may cause cognitive delays in children and a whole range of other human health effects.3

    Chlorpyrifos and diazinon have either been banned near schools and other public places or removed from the market for consumer use. However, their use in agriculture is extensive. Farmers still spray millions of tons of these neurotoxins across fields of soy, strawberries, kale, wheat, and many other common food crops to control pests.

    According to Nathan Donley, a scientist at the Center for Biological Diversity, “These pesticides have been in use for decades and harming these species the entire time. They’ve been noncompliant with the [Endangered Species Act] essentially since the law has been written.”4

    We must act now to pressure the EPA to pull these chemicals from the market altogether.

    Tell the EPA: Ban the use of chlorpyrifos, diazinon, and malathion to protect endangered species.

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    References

    1. EPA Releases Draft Biological Evaluations of Three Chemicals’ Impacts on Endangered Species, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, April 6, 2016
    2. Organophosphates, Illinois Department of Public Health
    3. EPA Analysis: 97 Percent of Endangered Species Threatened by Two Common Pesticides, Center for Biological Diversity, April 7, 2016
    4. Elizabeth Grossman, “The EPA Says 3 Common Pesticides Could Harm Nearly All Endangered Species ,” Civil Eats, April 26, 2016