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The Latest On: Pesticides

November 18, 2021 | Report

Poisoned Food, Poisoned Brains

Earthjustice is releasing a comprehensive, first-of-its-kind report and data set collating 17 organophosphate human health risk assessments, as well as agricultural pesticide usage data from the United States Geological Survey (USGS). This report documents the location and amount of organophosphate usage in the United States and the dangerous health effects associated with exposure. This powerful tool also shows what crops are sprayed, the foods that contain elevated levels of pesticide residues, and links to health risks evaluations and brief regulatory history.

November 17, 2021 | Legal Document

Organophosphate Petition

Earthjustice filed a petition along with a coalition of 10 health, community, and farmworker groups, filed a petition asking the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ban neurotoxic organophosphate pesticides, which are prevalent in our food and water, and endanger farmworkers and their families. The EPA recently banned all food uses of chlorpyrifos, the most well-known organophosphate pesticide, but only one among a dangerous pesticide group. Chlorpyrifos is just one of over a dozen organophosphates the agency reauthorized for use in agricultural fields, even though they are acutely neurotoxic — meaning that people who are exposed at high doses over a brief period can experience severe neurological symptoms — and are linked to neurodevelopmental harm to fetuses and infants.

October 11, 2021 | In the News: NowThis Earth

Tackling the Biodiversity Crisis

Timothy Preso, Managing Attorney, Biodiversity Defense Program: “We are creating a future for our kids and grandkids where we are leaving them a world of less wild places, less wild species, and fewer birds, fewer butterflies, fewer of all the things that we have had the benefit of living with during our lifetimes but are rapidly diminishing. But we don't have to stand for that. We don't have to accept that. We have an opportunity now to do something to reverse those trends.”

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