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Atrazine - Let's Get It Banned

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Originally Posted: September 25, 2012

Atrazine - Let's Get It Banned

FROM Save the Frogs

ACTION

Tell the EPA to ban atrazine in the United States. European Union banned the harmful pesticide in 2004. But the company that produces it, Syngenta (based in Switzerland!) has $11 billion in revenues, and has a huge lobby to keep Atrazine on the market in the USA.

Sign an online petition (copy/paste URL into your browser):
http://org2.democracyinaction.org/o/6000/p/dia/action/public/?action_KEY=2834

frog atrazineAnd/or better yet, make direct contact:

Lisa P. Jackson
Environmental Protection Agency

Ariel Rios Building
1200 Pennsylvania Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20460
EPA general number (202) 272-0167
jackson.lisap@epa.gov 

INFORMATION / TALKING POINTS

Read Dr. Kerry Kriger's (founder of Save the Frogs) 2012 speech to the US EPA's FIFRA Scientific Advisory Panel (PDF) and see the associated STUNNINGLY BEAUTIFUL slide show (PDF).

Atrazine is one of the world's most common pesticides: over 80 million pounds of it were used on American crops last year, and it has been in use for 50 years.

This harmful pesticide turns 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.

Frogs and humans share half our DNA, so Atrazine can't be good for humans either. That's likely why the European Union banned the harmful pesticide in 2004. But the company that produces it, Syngenta (based in Switzerland!) has $11 billion in revenues, and has a huge lobby to keep Atrazine on the market in the USA.

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