2019 Pesticide Reform – House Bill 3058

Two notorious pesticides have been restricted in other states and countries around the world.
It’s Oregon’s turn!

A recent national study by Friends of The Earth (a portion of samples provided by Beyond Toxics) found that the presence of organophosphates, like chlorpyrifos, are VERY common in foods we ordinarily assume are safe.

House Bill 3058

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House Bill 3058 :

  • Prohibits the sale, purchase or use of chlorpyrifos pesticides
  • Requires State Department of Agriculture to place pesticide products containing neonicotinoid on list of restricted-use pesticides

Sample talking points:

Chlorpyrifos (pronounced: kloor-peer-uh-fos)

  • Chlorpyrifos, a neurotoxic pesticide that is very harmful to children, pregnant women, farmworkers, wildlife and beneficial insects. The EPA was ordered by federal courts to ban this dangerous pesticide from use on food crops. Oregon should take the strongest possible action to protect farm workers, children, the safety of our food and the environment with a statewide ban on chlorpyrifos.
  • We can no longer wait for a dysfunctional EPA to take action. Hawaii has already banned chlorpyrifos and other states are taking action as well.
  • Chlorpyrifos is very harmful to farmworkers and are linked to developmental disabilities in children. These are highly toxic nerve agent pesticides that can damage the developing brains of babies and children, leading to lower birth weight, reduced IQ, loss of memory, and delayed motor development.

Neonicotinoids (pronounced: nee-ō-nick-ō-tin-oids)

  • Neonicotinoids (neonics) are a class of synthetic, neurotoxic pesticides widely used on a range of crops and ornamentals. They can persist in the environment many years after their application and are highly toxic to bees, beneficial insects, fish and birds. We urge the Oregon Legislative Assembly to add these bee-killing pesticides to Oregon’s list of Restricted Use Pesticides. This step would remove neonic containing products from consumer store shelves, require training and a license to apply them and reduce their impact in urban areas.
  • There is mounting evidence* that neonicotinoids may be associated with congenital heart defects, neural tube defects, and autism spectrum disorder as well as being capable of disrupting normal hormone function in humans.
  • Neonics impact our ability to grow healthy and culturally appropriate food produced through ecological and sustainable ways, and our right to define our own food and agriculture systems.
  • Neonicotinoids indiscriminately kill all insects and aquatic invertebrates, a.k.a., beneficial insects that support ecosystems.

*Cimino, A. M., Boyles, A. L., Thayer, K. A., & Perry, M. J. (2017). Effects of neonicotinoid pesticide exposure on human health: a systematic review. Environmental health perspectives, 125(2), 155.

This bill will have its first hearing in the state capitol on Tuesday, March 26th in the House Committee On Agriculture and Land Use
3/26/2019 3:00 PM in Hearing Room D

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  • Show up and testify (and/or show your support) at the committee hearing 3/26 at the state capitol (google map)
  • Personal visits to your legislator (Don’t know who represents you? Find your legislators)
  • Handwritten letters (please write to as many committee members as you can)
  • Phone calls (please call as many committee members as you can)
  • Emails (please write to as many committee members as you can)
  • Short on time? Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click on the FAST Response button to send a pre-written message (with an opportunity to add a brief personal message from you) to the entire committee.
  • Find your legislators on social media and post your messages there.

Share your stories with members of the Senate Committee On Environment and Natural Resources before March 26th. Please contact as many committee members as you can, but especially the committee chair.

If you send any emails, be sure to send your message to this separate email address (the whole committee at once), as this important step registers your opinion in the official record. NOTE: do not add personal information to these emails you don’t want the public to see.

House Committee On Agriculture and Land Use
(click on name to send an email)

Chair: Representative Brian Clem – Phone: 503-986-1421
Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-478, Salem, Oregon 97301
Vice-Chair: Representative Susan McLain – Phone: 503-986-1429
Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-477​, Salem, Oregon 97301
Vice-Chair: Representative Bill Post – Phone: 503-986-1425
Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-479, Salem, Oregon 97301
Representative Shelly Boshart Davis – Phone: 503-986-1415
Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-389, Salem, Oregon 97301
Representative Ken Helm – Phone: 503-986-1434
Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-490,  Salem, Oregon 97301
Representative David Brock Smith – Phone: 503-986-1401
Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-379, Salem, Oregon 97301
Representative Anna Williams – Phone: 503-986-1452
Address: 900 Court St. NE, H-377, Salem, Oregon 97301

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