Call your state legislators today and insist on pesticide reform!

STOP highly hazardous pesticides in Oregon!

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Please also call the highest ranking leaders in both chambers:
Senate President Peter Courtney:

and Speaker of the House, Rep. Tina Kotek:

Both of these pesticide reform bills would ban chlorpyrifos and restrict the use of neonicotinoids in Oregon and provide much needed protections to Oregon’s children, farm workers and wildlife:

Senate Bill 853 :

  • Prohibits the sale, purchase or use of the pesticide chlorpyrifos
  • Requires State Department of Agriculture to place pesticide products containing neonicotinoids on the list of restricted-use pesticides
  • Amends pesticide product registration fee provision
  • Reduces maximum fee for certain occupational licenses related to pesticides

House Bill 3058 :

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

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

  • Chlorpyrifos, a neurotoxic pesticide that is very harmful to children, pregnant women, farm workers, 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 farm workers 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.


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