New Yorkers are one signature away from banning the brain-damaging pesticide chlorpyrifos. In April the New York State Legislature overwhelmingly passed a bill to ban all uses of this pesticide, protecting children and farmworkers across the state. Now the bill, Senate bill S5343, is on Governor Cuomo’s desk, and we need you to urge him to sign it into law.
Chlorpyrifos is used on staple crops like apples, grapes, and corn, and the EPA’s own scientists have concluded it can harm the developing brains of young children. Nearly two decades ago, the EPA banned residential use of chlorpyrifos — but it’s still being sprayed on our food and harming farmworkers and children.
Earlier this month the Trump administration announced it would not ban chlorpyrifos on a federal level, neglecting the overwhelming scientific evidence on the dangers of the pesticide. It’s a tragedy that this administration sides with corporations instead of children’s health, but this is only a setback. New Yorkers can show the nation that banning chlorpyrifos is not only possible, but inevitable.
Earthjustice has fought for more than a decade to ban chlorpyrifos. We’ll keep fighting until this dangerous pesticide is taken off the market in every state. But New York doesn’t have to wait. Join us in urging Governor Cuomo to stand up to Donald Trump and sign the bill that will keep this toxic pesticide off our food and out of our bodies!
Protecting children’s developing brains by banning chlorpyrifos will cement New York’s role as a national leader in safeguarding public health. Urge Governor Cuomo to sign Senate bill S5343 to prohibit the use of chlorpyrifos in New York.