- Administrator Lisa JacksonUS Environmental Protection Agency
Save The Frogs, Ban Atrazine!
Frogs in the United States and worldwide are rapidly disappearing. Atrazine is one of the USA’s most commonly used pesticides: over 80 million pounds of it were used on American crops last year, primarily corn, sugar, rice, and sorghum. Atrazine is an endocrine disruptor that can turn male frogs into females at concentrations as low as 2.5 parts per billion. Atrazine causes cancer in laboratory mammals and developmental problems in fish, and has been banned in Europe since 2004. Atrazine is the most commonly detected pesticide in USA’s rainwater, groundwater and tapwater. Atrazine is produced by Syngenta, the world’s largest pesticide company, based in Switzerland – a country where Atrazine is illegal. Atrazine is the 21st Century’s DDT! Let’s get it banned!
- US Environmental Protection Agency
Administrator Lisa Jackson
We the undersigned petition the United States Environmental Protection Agency to place an immediate federal ban on the use and production of the harmful pesticide Atrazine, a known endocrine disruptor that can turn male frogs into females at concentrations as low as 2.5 parts per billion. Atrazine causes cancer in laboratory mammals and developmental problems in fish. Atrazine is the most commonly detected pesticide in rainwater, groundwater and tapwater in the USA. Atrazine is one of the world's most common pesticides, and over 80 million pounds of it were used on American crops last year. Frogs and humans share half our DNA, so Atrazine can't be good for humans either. The European Union banned Atrazine in 2004, and we call upon you to protect human and environmental health by similarly banning Atrazine in the USA. Thank you for taking the leadership role and helping improve the planet on which we live.
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