Library Search

Lori Phillips grew up in Franklinville, New York where her family lived on a farm, growing corn and raising livestock. During the summer, the windows of her house would be open while her father sprayed a herbicide on the crops. Years later, Lori developed Parkinson’s disease. (Tina Russell for Earthjustice)
Article February 27, 2024

This Weed Killer Is Linked to Parkinson’s. Why Isn’t It Banned Yet?

Paraquat damages farmworkers’ respiratory system, their kidneys, and their eyes. Help us urge the EPA to ban it.

Drinking water and PFAS research being conducted at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Center For Environmental Solutions and Emergency Response in Cincinnati. (Joshua A. Bickel / AP)
Article January 31, 2024

The Toxic Chemicals Hiding in Our Homes, and How We Can Reduce Them

A fundamental environmental law, the Toxic Substances Control Act, can help protect us from harmful chemicals. But first, the government needs to fully enforce it.

Press Release December 19, 2023

Clorpirifos, Pesticida Neurotóxico Previamente Prohibido, Nuevamente Permitido en Nuestros Alimentos

Se permitirá a Gharda y a la agricultura industrial vender y utilizar clorpirifos para la temporada de cultivo de 2024

More than half of all apples in the U.S. were sprayed with chlorpyrifos, a pesticide considered too toxic for residential use. (Lance Cheung / USDA)
Press Release December 19, 2023

Chlorpyrifos, Previously Banned Neurotoxic Pesticide, Again Allowed on Our Food, Despite Known Harms

Gharda and industrial agriculture will be allowed to sell and use chlorpyrifos for the 2024 growing season

A honey bee alights on a cherry blossom in Stockton, California. Bees and other insects face a global extinction crisis.
(Chris Jordan-Bloch / Earthjustice)
Press Release: Victory December 13, 2023

Federal Appeals Court Rules Use of Antibiotic as Citrus Pesticide Is Unlawful, Vacates EPA Approval

The decision protects the health of farmworkers who would otherwise face heightened risk of antibiotic-resistant infections, pollinators, and imperiled species

feature November 2, 2023

What You Need To Know About Chlorpyrifos

The neurotoxic pesticide harms children and the environment.

More than half of all apples in the U.S. were sprayed with chlorpyrifos, a pesticide considered too toxic for residential use. (Lance Cheung / USDA)
Press Release November 2, 2023

In Shocking Decision, 8th Circuit Sends Chlorpyrifos Food Use Ban Back to EPA

Children will yet again be in harm’s way as EPA reconsiders the food ban

Document November 2, 2023

8th Circuit Chlorpyrifos Decision (Nov 2023)

The 8th Circuit’s decision vacates the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final rule that revoked all tolerances for chlorpyrifos, thereby banning the use and presence of the neurotoxic pesticide on the foods we eat.

Organophosphates are acutely toxic and associated with neurodevelopmental harms in children
(Austin Valley / CC BY 2.0)
Press Release September 20, 2023

Voices Across the U.S. Demand Ban on Brain-Harming Pesticide by Any Means Necessary

Advocates praise bill introduction in Congress and urge EPA for a full ban

Document July 19, 2023

EPA Report on Imperial Regional Detention Facility

Notice of warning from Environmental Protection Agency to CEO of Management and Training Corporation (MTC) re: disinfectant use at Imperial Regional Detention Facility. MTC advised to take all necessary action to ensure that any further use of pesticides takes place in accordance with the directions and precautionary statements on the pesticide label, and in full compliance with the provisions of FIFRA. Failure to do so could be subject to further enforcement action.

Press Release March 29, 2023

EPA orders final cancellation of nerve-agent pesticide found in grain

Chlorpyrifos-methyl is being phased out, but dozens of similar harmful organophosphate pesticides remain in food

In the News: Civil Eats March 22, 2023

Paraquat, the Deadliest Chemical in US Agriculture, Goes on Trial

Jonathan Kalmuss-Katz, Attorney, Toxic Exposure & Health Program, Earthjustice: “The initial paraquat risk assessment was scientifically and legally baseless. The key question now is whether EPA uses this new opportunity to follow the science and protect the public from this incredibly dangerous pesticide.”

Press Release March 15, 2023

EPA announces initiative to protect workers from nerve agent pesticides

Organophosphates are linked to intellectual disabilities and cancer

Press Release December 23, 2022

Declaración De Earthjustice Sobre El Paquete De Gastos Ómnibus

Hay disposiciones de este proyecto de ley que podemos celebrar genuinamente y otras que son dolorosas de asimilar

Press Release December 23, 2022

Earthjustice Statement on Omnibus Spending Package

We commend the House and Senate Appropriations Committee Chairs and Leadership for keeping federal agencies funded.

Press Release December 21, 2022

EPA to Reconsider Common Herbicide Linked to Parkinson’s Disease

Dozens of countries have banned paraquat because of its toxicity to the human nervous system and other health risks

Press Release December 21, 2022

EPA to reconsider the use of bee-killing pesticide sulfoxaflor

Court allows the use of the pesticide while review proceeds

Summer tomato harvest at Harlem Grown, an Earthjustice partner and New York City-based community organization working to increase access to and knowledge of healthful food.
(Sorangel Arlyn Liriano / Earthjustice)
feature October 28, 2022

Climate, Land, Food, Bodies

Alongside our partners, Earthjustice is working to reform the food and farming system, driving the transition from current industrial practices, which churn out unhealthy food and substantial quantities of pollution, to a new model that prioritizes the sustainable production of nutritious food.