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Claudia Angulo's son was born with developmental delays after she was exposed to chlorpyrifos during her pregnancy. She's fighting for a ban on the pesticide.
The pesticide chlorpyrifos is known to damage children's brains. Exposure at low doses is linked to reductions in IQ, memory loss, and other developmental disabilities, according to mounting studies. At higher doses, it can cause paralysis and even death. It is commonly used on dozens of U.S. crops, including apples, broccoli, and citrus.
For years, Earthjustice and our partners have fought to convince the EPA to ban chlorpyrifos. In 2016, it agreed to do so. Then President Donald Trump appointed a new EPA administrator who refused to implement the ban, falsely claiming the science around the pesticide was unresolved.
Earthjustice represented a dozen health, labor, and civil rights groups in a lawsuit to hold the EPA accountable. Last year, the Ninth Circuit ordered the agency to heed its own scientists and implement a ban. But the EPA continues to drag its feet, so we continue to fight.
In this video, Claudia Angulo describes how chlorpyrifos has harmed her family. Her son, Isaac, suffered brain damage after she was exposed to the pesticide during pregnancy. Since Isaac’s diagnosis with ADHD, she has worked to raise awareness about the chemical's health effects in children.
"If we want things to change, we have to work together," Angulo says. "Don't stay silent. Don't just sit around at home. Stand up and make your voices heard."
Our Clients: League of United Latin American Citizens; Pesticide Action Network North America; Natural Resources Defense Council; California Rural Legal Assistance Foundation; Farmworkers Association of Florida; Farmworker Justice; Greenlatinos; Labor Council for Latin American Advancement; Learning Disabilities Association of America; National Hispanic Medical Association; Pineros y Campesinos Unidos del Noroeste; United Farm Workers.
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