July 5, 2021

Due to the state's reduced number of COVID-19 cases, many of us are more out and about this month enjoying spring. And, we are also doing more dining out and shopping! It's a great time to remember that we always vote with our wallets and our forks with our purchases. We are each empowered to increase the demand for eco-friendly practices and all things organic -- from the food we buy -- including our dairy products, to how we deal with ticks and mosquitoes, to the clothes and home products we purchase, to eco-friendly grilling.

 For more info on organic alternatives for many of your purchases, check out GoOrgnicMd.org 

And for a somewhat more serious summer read -- there's a book that is still relevant 60 years later as to the impact of pesticides on our planet, can you guess its name? (see below) 

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Cookouts can have a large ecological impact. Fortunately, there are ways to eco-friendly grill, from swapping in reusable products to switching the menu to local organic foods. Next time you want to fire up the grill, take one of these steps, a few of them, or take them all to keep it more sustainable: Read More
How to safely tick-proof your yard: As more people are venturing outdoors, ticks and associated diseases can be a big concern. To this end, Consumer Reports has put out a guide on how to tick-proof your yard without using harmful pesticides. Read More
A new study from Beyond Pesticides & Friends of the Earth analyses Home Depot and Lowes herbicide products -- many of which contain unhealthy and environmentally harmful chemicals -- and encourages retailers to switch to organic products. Read More
New way to look at organic purchases: The Organic Center has released a helpful calculator that adds up individual choices when it comes to dairy and reveals what could be achieved if more dairy products were organic. See how many pesticides would be avoided if the US switched to all organic dairy! Read More
This book about pesticides hardly sounds like a page-turner, but in the skilled hands of Rachel Carson, it became precisely that -- and so much more. "Silent Spring," published in 1962, is widely hailed as the single most influential book on the environmental conservation movement: Read More
What will it take for farmers to grow more organic cotton? A shift in consumer demand and support from major clothing brands could help more farmers grow it. Vote with your wallet. Read More
  NEWS and VIEWS  
New study finds pesticides so strong that women suffer if mothers or even grandmothers were exposed decades before.  Learn about impacts of exposure to the pesticide DDT in pregnant women on future generations. Read More
Winning the Chlorpyrifos battle: A retrospective from the Pesticide Action Network North America about the past two decades of court battles to get this highly toxic pesticide banned. Read More
Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School scientists find "potential for large-scale ecological impact" because cancer-causing pesticide glyphosate damages insect immune systems: Read More
Loophole on neonic sales closed: Maryland was the first to pass a ban on neonic-containing consumer products in 2016, and now in 2021 we finally closed the loophole that some stores used to continue sales. Read More
Radical new treatment for pesticide poisoning: Scientists at Cornell have developed bee medicine the size of a pollen grain, containing enzymes that detoxify common pesticides and that bees find delicious. Read More

Inert ingredients kill too: Researchers found that 96% mortality of bumblebees exposed to roundup came from non-active ingredients within Roundup, rather than glyphosate itself. Read More

Bee pesticides on corn crops: The Center for Food Safety has released a petition demanding the EPA regulate bee-killing neonicotinoids on seeds planted throughout the USA. Read More

Oregon Democratic Representative Earl Blumenauer just reintroduced the Saving America's Pollinators Act in an effort to make U.S. agriculture greener and help bring more spotlight onto the crisis facing pollinators. Similar action has also been seen in Maryland and Oregon as they have passed laws that have restricted the usage of neonicotinoids. Read More
  LET'S GET SERIOUS ABOUT SOIL, food security & climate change - yes they're related!  
We can't talk about regenerative ag without talking about pesticides. Soil policies should be driven by science -- not agrochemical companies. Read More
There are many common household items that are non-toxic and that work well for killing weeds and keeping them killed. 5 alternatives to toxic herbicides to get rid of your summer weeds without killing bees: Read More
Climate change boosting pest populations: The increasingly warmer temperatures in Californian farming communities shows how pesticide use will increase as a result of warmer temperatures, polluting waterways in the process. Read More

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