PesticideSmart News
February 7, 2021
February is a critical time for the Maryland General Assembly and the various environmental bills our Smart on Pesticide Coalition is working on. Please join us by letting your legislators know how you want them to represent you on the following issues we assume you share our concerns about.

In Maryland

Overriding Governor Hogan's veto of a 2020 bill banning the brain-harming pesticide chlorpyrifos linked to autism, learning disabilities and more. Please let your legislators know you want them to vote YES on the override. 

Protecting our Pollinators: Since the 2016 Pollinator Protection Act was passed making it illegal for consumers to use pollinator-harming neonic-containing garden products, the situation has worsened with historic recorded losses of bees. For Maryland's pollinators,  this is partly due to a loophole in the law that the Md Dept of Agriculture is interpreting to allow certain stores to leave these products on their shelves for sale to consumers--even though its illegal for consumers to purchase and use them! Please tell your legislators to support fixing this loophole by supporting HB208/SB375.

Protecting our Food and FarmworkersJoin us in urging MD legislators to enact mandatory COVID19 protections for essential farmworkers, poultry and seafood processing workers.#ProtectMDFoodWorkers who feed us. Watch the short video and tell your legislators to support fair and humane COVID-19 protections with a click.  

On the national level

Tell Biden 's EPA to act quickly on dangerous pesticides. Sign this Pesticide Action Network petition urging quick action to protect those most at risk, from harmful pesticides that were approved for use - or expanded uses - by the outgoing administration. 
Please help support our work to protect our babies, bees, and the Bay!  

Study shows levels of brain-damaging chlorpyrifos pesticide drops 61% after one week on an organic diet. Two recent peer-reviewed studies provide fresh evidence that we are exposed to pesticides in our daily food, many which are carcinogenic or toxic to our brains and hormone systems. Read blog.

Conventional tea growers use high doses of pesticides. A study found 91% of Celestial Seasonings tea tested, had pesticide residues! Find out why choosing certain organic teas is essential to your health here.

Organic cotton is one of the most important choices we can make for the environment because it supports a healthy ecosystem and prevents the use of toxic synthetic chemicals: Read more.

  NEWS and VIEWS  
Prolonged exposure to Roundup causes significant harm to keystone species' DNA according to new research conducted at the UK's University of Birmingham. Read the research here

A first-of-its kind study aims to tease out the link between exposure to toxic chemicals (including pesticides)  and cancer in children in the places they live, learn & play: Read more.

EPA's reputation over the past four years across the globe is as a "pesticide pushover" given  its  reckless embrace of banned pesticides. Our  broken EPA pesticide office stands at a crossroads. Read more.

Pesticides posing a risk to human health have been detected in groundwater. A USGS study of groundwater that feeds public drinking water supply finds pesticides in 41% of supply wells. Two-thirds of that 41% contain pesticide compounds, and one-third contain pesticide breakdown degradates, compounds resulting from transformation of pesticides into other compounds.

The EPA confirms: PFAS ('forever chemicals') are found in pesticide products. Testing conducted by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) found PFAS in the widely used mosquito pesticide Anvil 10+10. EPA is investigating the prevalence of PFAS in pesticide products and will provide guidance to states on purchasing mosquito control products for 2021. Read more.


Insects are vanishing at alarming rates, but we can save them!  Every year, the number of insects drops by 1-2%, devastated by pesticides & habitat loss. That means areas of severe decline could lose as much as 1/3 of all their insects in two decades. Read more.

Bees aren't getting enough sleep, thanks to some common pesticides.  Two new studies have found neonicotinoid pesticide is disrupting the sleep of bees and flies--with big consequences for the important insects.  Read more and Take action to fix the Md Pollinator Protection Act.


A drastic revolution in the way we eat and farm could limit habitat lost to agriculture to a mere 1%. If we don't change our food systems, according to new research, the fate of almost 20,000 species--birds, amphibians, and mammals--hangs in the balance: Read more.

Protecting our food supply, farmers & farmworkers

New research explores ongoing racism in US farming. Despite some progress in diversity and racial justice in the U.S. as a whole ... farming remains deeply segregated: Read more.