Agri-giant Dow’s dangerous pesticide, chlorpyrifos, has serious negative effects on the health of our bees, not to mention the health of our children.

The toxic chemical is all over the fruits and veggies our kids are eating. Even in small doses chlorpyrifos can irreversibly impact children’s as well as bees’ brain development and hormonal systems. Scientists have linked it to developmental delays in children and working memory loss.

Now, Health Canada is deciding whether to allow Dow’s dangerous chemical in our farmers’ fields and they need to hear that our children’s health and the health of our bees is more important than Dow’s profits. Our Health Agency needs to ban Dow’s dangerous chemical chlorpyrifos and work towards a toxic free future for our kids and our environment. Fresh fruits and vegetables are supposed to be good for the planet. But too much of our food now sold in Canada is laced with chlorpyrifos, which can cause brain damage and developmental delays – even in very small amounts. Scientists say these neurological effects “appear to be permanent, irreversible, and lifelong.”

We’re up against some serious lobbying power from the pesticide megacorps. In Europe, Dow, spent over 3 million euros to lobby European politicians on pesticide-related issues in 2017 alone.

Dow’s influence also convinced the Trump administration to reverse a ban on agricultural use of chlorpyrifos in the United States, against the warnings of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) own scientists.

We can’t let this happen in Canada. Telling Canada to listen to science over pesticide lobbyists and ban this toxic chemical now. France, for example, has now banned the toxic pesticide.

And in Canada, we have made huge strides pushing to save our bees. SumOfUs members have been working for years to get these bee-killing pesticides banned and last year we finally got some government action. The Feds announced a ban of the three bee-killing neonics. More remain and many other countries have yet to even begin the process. 

We’ll never match the industry’s cash, but we can fight back with the overwhelming numbers of parents who want to keep their kids safe and the environment pesticide free — and the many others who just want our governments to put human well-being over corporate greed. Are you one of them?

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