Sending Office: Honorable Nydia M. Velazquez
Endorsing Organizations: United Farm Workers, Alaska Wilderness League, NRDC, League of Conservation Voters, Environmental Working Group, Earthjustice, Friends of the Earth, Sierra Club, Pesticide Action Network, Farmworker Justice,
Californians for Pesticide Reform, Food & Water Watch, Women’s Voices for the Earth, Beyond Pesticides, LatinoJustice PRLDEF, Child Labor Coalition, National Consumers League, National Farm Worker Ministry, Center for Biological Diversity, Center on Race,
Poverty & the Environment, Association of Farmworker Opportunity Programs, Alliance of Nurses for Healthy Environments, NYC H2O, Farmworker Association of Florida, Beyond Toxics, PCUN, Red Hook Initiative
Join me and support the Ban Nerve Agents in Our Food Act of 2018, legislation that bans all 23 types of Organophosphate pesticides and addresses key public health, food purity, and safety concerns for agricultural workers.
Organophosphates are a class of pesticides developed in World War II and since then have been adapted for use as insecticides. They adversely disturb the nervous system and have been known to cause increases in neuropsychological problems including ADHD,
pervasive developmental disorders, and even autism. Researchers at the University of California, Davis found that children whose mothers are exposed to these deadly pesticides are prone to reduction in motor function, decreases in working and visual memory,
processing speed, verbal comprehensive, perceptual reasoning, and overall IQ.
Residues of these deadly pesticides are found on many of our daily foods. Farm workers specifically are exposed to organophosphate pesticides from mixing, handling, and applying the pesticide, as well as from entering fields where these pesticides were recently
sprayed. Unfortunately, there is widespread under-reporting of pesticide poisonings due to factors such as inadequate reporting systems, fear of retaliation from employers, and reluctance to seek medical treatment.
My legislation, Ban Nerve Agents in Our Food Act of 2018, bans these harmful pesticides by cancelling current EPA registration and prohibiting any future registration or use of pesticides that contain Organophosphates.
If you have any questions or would like to co-sponsor this bill, please contact Jacob Hochberg on my staff at Jacob.Hochberg@mail.house.gov. Thank you for your consideration.
Nydia M. Velázquez
Member of Congress
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