Pesticide Protection for Children

Case Overview

The 1996 Food Quality and Protection Act requires the Environmental Protection Agency to take special steps to protect children—including the children of farmworkers—from agricultural chemicals. The agency has failed to do so. Earthjustice is in court to make EPA do its job.

A girl walks through a farmfield.
EPA has failed to protect children from pesticides when they drift from treated fields into nearby yards, homes, schools, parks and daycare centers. (Rob Marmion / Shutterstock)

Case Updates

The EPA should ban neurotoxic pesticides now under review and protect against them in the meantime with buffer zones.
June 21, 2016 Article

How Many Poisonings Before the EPA Bans Neurotoxic Pesticides?

The EPA should ban the pesticides now under review and protect against them in the meantime with buffer zones.

A girl walks through a farmfield.
May 29, 2014 Press Release

Groups Challenge EPA Failure to Protect Children from Pesticides

After five years, EPA takes no additional action to protect children from pesticide spray drift

May 29, 2014 Document

Pesticide Drift Petition for Review