Laurie Enger

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  • posted about Don't allow Trump Donors to Derail Science about Pesticide Impact! on Facebook 2017-05-15 12:23:54 -0700
    Sign the petition: Don't allow Trump Donors to Derail Science about Pesticide Impact!

    Don't allow Trump Donors to Derail Science about Pesticide Impact!

    Dow Chemical Plant, Photo courtesy Sea Grant

    Thank you for your interest. However, we have already submitted all comments to the EPA here. Any new signatures will not be submitted at this time.

    Tell EPA: Protect People & Endangered Species from Pesticides

    The continued survival of threatened salmon and steelhead species on the West Coast is in jeopardy from current-use pesticides. In more than half of the Biological Opinions issued for 31 pesticides, the National Marine Fisheries Service concluded that the use of the pesticide under existing labels would threaten the continued existence of one or more salmon or steelhead species. [1]

    Despite these analyses, the chemical industry has counseled the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to forget about endangered species.

    We are very concerned about recent industry efforts to dismiss analyses completed by the EPA and National Marine Fisheries Service. As reported by the New York Times on April 20, 2017, Dow Chemical and other pesticide makers are asking the EPA to “set aside” its endangered species analyses, charging that the science underlying the most recent analysis was not “reliable.” The most recent evaluation concluded that the use of chlorpyrifos, a highly neurotoxic insecticide, would be likely to adversely affect ALL of the salmon and steelhead listed on the Endangered Species list, as well as most other endangered and threatened species nationwide. Interestingly, Dow contributed $1 million to Trump’s inauguration.

    Chlorpyrifos, sold as Dursban and Lorsban, has also been implicated in numerous human health issues over the years, including lower brain function in children. The EPA recently declined to ban the use of chlorpyrifos on food.

    Help us push back! Sign this petition to the EPA asking them to protect people and endangered species. We are collecting signatures until May 15, 2017 and then delivering to the EPA.

    [1] See completed consultation documents at http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/consultation/pesticides.htm

    134 signatures

    Petition Text:

    Don't ignore the findings of federal scientists. Uphold science-based analysis of endangered species in pesticide registration decisions. And don’t ignore people! Ban the use of Chlorpyrifos in food production to protect community health.

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  • commented on Joy That Comes from Surviving Darkest of Times 2015-11-25 17:25:20 -0800
    To answer Sara Smith:
    As long as the concept “follow the money” exists, the incentive to bring about positive, protective change is left to us who suffer, the need to be assertive and self protective, educating ourselves, creating links with others is essential. If others don’t respect your needs, do you need them in your life, spending your precious energy?
    As health care costs continue to soar and the public becomes more infirm and disabled from toxic influences, I pray we as a nation will be called to act. In my case allopathic (traditional medicine -toxic medications doing more harm than good) , I was blessed to have a wise classical Homeopath who saved my life with a series of non toxic – “like cures luke” remedies that literally saved my life. At a time when we are most sick, brain fogged and exhausted we must still find ways we can educate ourselves to find healing answers.