May 2017


 California, This Brain-Harming Pesticide Must Go!

Chlorpyrifos Use in Tulare County Makes International News

DPR Director Leahy Tours Kern County Schools

Tell Gov. Brown, this brain-harming pesticide must go!
Pruitt's EPA walks away from planned chlorpyrifos ban

Ignoring decades of independent study, and clear links to human health harms - especially for kids - U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt recently decided to keep chlorpyrifos on the market.
This neurotoxic insecticide was banned for home use in 2001, thanks to its clear impact on children's developing brains, but it continues to be used in agriculture across the country.
California has a chance to change that. Speak up today and urge Governor Brown to ban this incredibly harmful pesticide in our state.
The body of science on chlorpyrifos is crystal clear. Childhood and prenatal exposure to this chemical can lead to changes in brain structure, loss of IQ, ADHD, developmental and behavioral disorders, as well as reduced lung function and other harms. And EPA scientists have stated that there is "no safe level" of the neurotoxicant on food crops. 

Chlorpyrifos Use in Tulare County Makes International News
Guardian article focuses on residents of Lindsay, features organizer Angel Garcia

Tulare County Organizer Angel Garcia. Photo Credit: The Guardian

"Like a slow death" - a feature-length article in the Guardian (UK) newspaper - tells the stories of Tulare County residents whose lives and health have been impacted by exposure to chlorpyrifos, the brain-harming chemical that was scheduled for a nationwide ban in March. The ban was reversed at the last minute by EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt.

"I'm being poisoned and I can't do anything about it. It's like a slow death." said Lindsay resident Luis Medellin, a 30-year-old dairy worker.

"We are very sick," added Irma Medellin, community organizer with El Quinto Sol de America, a Lindsay-based advocacy group that has studied chlorpyrifos exposure and advocated for the ban. "Everyone who lives in this community is affected."

A million pounds of chlorpyrifos was used in the county over the past five years, and more than 750 pounds was used less than a quarter mile from four public schools in a single year.

"Money is the law here," said Angel Garcia, Lindsay native and community organizer with El Quinto Sol de America. He and other local advocates are pushing California to be a  leader in the resistance to Trump  and ban chlorpyrifos in the absence of action by the EPA's.

DPR Director Tours Kern County Schools

Mountain View Middle School students tell Leahy "we just can't focus" when pesticides are sprayed nearby

In this video clip, a Mountain View Middle School student tells Department of Pesticide Regulation Director Brian Leahy how pesticides affect students' health and concentration. The April 26 tour was led by Valerie Gorospe, community organizer with the Center on Race, Poverty & the Environment. Director Leahy met with community members at five schools, all located next to treated agricultural fields.