December 7, 2021

Traditionally, our December holiday season newsletter highlights how to go organic with your holiday menus, your Christmas tree and holiday presents... so here we go! 

But, before we do - we once again are asking for your support. One of our long-time funders has offered us an additional $10,000 matching grant to assist our organization-the Maryland Pesticide Education Network including our Smart on Pesticides Coalition-to aid our way-too-small-staffed organization to continue to tackle BIG issues in 2022.

Your donation will now be doubled, which will help us greatly in our work to pass bills that will protect you and yours from unnecessary pesticide exposures, as well as protect our pollinators, pets, the Bay and help to mitigate climate change. 

Happy holidays everyone!

Now onward for some timely information...

  ORGANIC LIVING for the holiday season  
Vote With Your Wallet, Vote With Your Fork!  GO Organic! Where to shop for holiday gifts, how to go organic in all you do--even on a budget! Learn how



Planning to cook an organic vegetarian or turkey-based entree?  Make or buy organic eggnog? Roasted chestnuts? Cranberries? Pumpkin or Pecan pie?  Check out local markets known to carry healthy, organic food, including MOMS Organic Markets, Common Market Co-Op in Frederick, MD, and David's Natural Food Markets.             
For the best vegan and vegetarian turkey substitutes for your meatless holiday meal, look here.

And for that organic Christmas tree

Cut your own organic Christmas tree right here in Maryland: Feezers Farm in Marriottsville sells organic Douglas fir, White pine and Colorado blue spruce.

Environmental Evergreens sells 15 varieties of common and uncommon Christmas conifers including Korean, Normann, Douglas, Canaan, Frazer and Balsam Firs, Deodora Cedar, Norway and Colorado Blue Spruce, White, Scotch, Austrian and Himalayan Pine.

And a couple of eco-friendly activities to make the green a little bit brighter this Kwanzaa look here.
And now your organic news
Fresh, healthy organic food is often not even considered in the American health care system. Many hospitals serve their patients foods like jello, cream of wheat, and other processed foods instead of what evidence points to that we need to create wellness--an organic whole food diet. Read more
In 2020, the reputation of organics being better for you & the planet positioned organics for dramatic growth during the pandemic. In almost every organic food aisle, demand jumped by near-record levels.  Read more
From pesticides to forced labor practices, here are five things you should know before buying a chocolate bar, courtesy of Foodprint. Read more
  NEWS and VIEWS  
Being heavily exposed to bug & weedkillers might render you prone to sleep disorders. According to studies published over the past decade, pesticides appear to be significant risk factors for conditions that prevent people from sleeping well. Read more
Investigation finds that the EPA identified the Seresto pesticide flea collars as being connected to a high number of toxic incidents involving pets as early as 2015. Read more
Water utilities & regulators in the US have identified 56 new contaminants in drinking water over the past two years, a list that includes dangerous substances linked to a range of health problems such as cancer, reproductive disruption, liver disease & much more. Read more
Cities & counties are increasingly banning toxic pesticides and some are taking aim at fertilizers. But industry attempts to buck local efforts remain a significant hurdle. That should not stop us from trying! Kudos to Montgomery County advocates who were instrumental several years ago in the county implementing significant pesticide use restrictions on residential and county land. 
Your community can do it too! If you organize, we can help. Read more
The latest news regarding EPA...
In a move widely seen as response to recent reporting on how the Trump EPA allowed the chemical industry to distort & unduly influence its process for reviewing & approving toxic pesticides, the EPA is creating an advisory council to restore scientific integrity. Read more
Community advocates & environmental groups have pointed out that EPA has promised action on toxic PFAS pollution for many years, with little to show. Our organization and Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility found PFAS in pesticides used in Maryland! Pesticides & PFAS--a highly toxic combination... Read more
As insects become more scarce, our world will slowly grind to a halt, for it cannot function without them. As such, Environmental Health News has written about how you can stop the "insect apocalypse". Read more
Bee colonies around the world are collapsing and many species are edging towards extinction. Their plight has been described as the death of a thousand cuts, and the causes range from widespread pesticide use to disease to climate change. EcoWatch offers this excellent & comprehensive analysis about all we can & should do to save bees. 
Action we can take: Create a pollinator garden next spring on your organic grounds. 
  LET'S GET SERIOUS ABOUT SOIL, food security & climate change--yes they're related!  
TAKE ACTION in this season of good will towards our fellow humans. Please watch this 2-minute video and take heart!  Sign the petition to stop our state from treating food and farmworkers as disposable people. We rely on these essential workers for a good deal of our food supply. 



It's not your ordinary weed-killer. A massive self-driving robot can zap away 100,000 weeds an hour with high-powered lasers, allowing farmers to use fewer herbicides. Read More
Sustainable food must be produced in a way that takes not only the environment & consumers into account, but also the people who grow, harvest, and process it. Read More
In a new book, former FDA official Richard Williams offers an indictment of the FDA, urging it to focus on food safety challenges more effectively. Read more
Blockbuster new book exposes the history of BAYER--the company that spread the cancer-causing pesticide RoundUp throughout the world. Read more

Please help support our work to protect our babies, bees, and the Bay!