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Chlorpyrifos doesn’t belong on our dinner plates

In Agriculture
Jun 14th, 2021

Chlorpyrifos sprayed on the fruits and vegetables we eat

By Devon Page, Executive director of Ecojustice

We’ve just filed a lawsuit to ban the selling and use of the dangerous pesticide chlorpyrifos in Canada.

Chlorpyrifos is a pesticide that is sprayed on staple food crops like wheat and potatoes. It has been proven to be harmful to human health and is notorious for its potential to cause brain damage in children.

In spite of these risks, Health Canada plans to allow chlorpyrifos to be used in Canada for three more years. This so-called “phase-out” period is excessive, given the known threat this pesticide poses to human health.

That’s why Ecojustice lawyers are going to court: We want chlorpyrifos off our crops and dinner plates as soon possible.

Your continued support makes it possible for Ecojustice to go to court to defend the health and wellbeing of Canadians from dangerous pesticides like chlorpyrifos. Thank you.

Chlorpyrifos has already been banned by the European Union, is set to be phased out this summer in the US and should also be banned in Canada immediately.

A successful outcome in this case would see the Federal Court agree that Health Canada’s three-year phase-out period for chlorpyrifos is excessive and unlawful, paving the way for an immediate ban.

Help us spread the word about this important case by forwarding this email to your family and friends.

Ecojustice is Canada’s largest environmental law charity. Help us build the case for a better earth. Donate here.

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