Are Your Products Free of Organophosphates? (Ours Are!)
Organophosphates are a group of human-made chemicals that poison insects and mammals. Organophosphates are the most widely used insecticides today. They are used in agriculture, the home, gardens, and veterinary practice.
Organophosphate insecticides (such as diazinon) are a type of pesticide that works by damaging an enzyme in the body called acetylcholinesterase. This enzyme is critical for controlling nerve signals in the body. The damage to this enzyme kills pests and may cause unwanted side effects in exposed humans. All organophosphates are toxic to humans who have been exposed to excessive amounts of the compound.
Organophosphates (OP) are chemical substances produced by the process of esterification between phosphoric acid and alcohol. Organophosphates can undergo hydrolysis with the liberation of alcohol from the ester bond. These chemicals are the main components of herbicides, pesticides, and insecticides. OPs are also the main components of nerve gas. Acute or chronic exposure to OPs can produce varying toxicity levels in humans, animals, plants, and insects. OPs also are widely used in the production of plastics and solvents.
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Organophosphates are a widely used class of pesticides that have increasingly contaminated our environment over time. OPs are commonly found in our drinking water and on what we eat including produce, including leafy greens, berries, and fruits. People living near agricultural fields where organophosphate pesticides are sprayed can become sick from breathing the contaminated air. Agricultural workers are the most at risk from exposure on the job. The best way to protect people and our environment is to ban organophosphates from being disseminated in the environment at all costs.
Organophosphates are acutely neurotoxic. They make people sick with symptoms like headaches, nausea, dizziness, breathing difficulties, and at very high exposures even seizures and death. Even more troubling, children are at risk of reduced IQ, autism, and attention deficit disorders at very low levels of exposure.
The EPA has a legal and moral obligation to protect farmworkers, children, and communities. We are going to do everything in our power to hold them accountable. Join us in continuing the fight by telling the EPA to ban organophosphates.
Take action to reduce/eliminate these organophosphates from our environments. Click here to send a message to our representatives.
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