March 8, 2022

URGENT NEWS! Currently, in the Maryland General Assembly, Smart on Pesticides Coalition, and Marylanders are working to ensure that mosquito spraying in our communities are not contaminated by the toxic "forever chemical" PFAS. Limited testing found three of the products allowed for use in Maryland communities were found to contain PFAS earlier this year. HB570, the PFAS-free mosquito control products bill, will ensure Maryland communities, our children, bees, wildlife and environment are not being sprayed inadvertently or unknowingly with PFAS. 

We need your help to pass HB 570 for PFAS-free mosquito control pesticides--click to send a quick email to your legislator now.

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  NEWS and VIEWS  
Make your voice heard! Support HB570 to stop PFAS contamination in mosquito control products! PFAS, a dangerous class of chemicals, were found in three products used in Maryland for mosquito control. PFAS are linked to cancer & other long-term health impacts! Take Action
Disinfectant use has increased in schools, businesses, medical facilities and at home. But too many disinfectants carry serious health risks. Maryland Pesticide Education Network has launched, a new website that identifies safer choices. Explore
Better living through chemistry? Chemical companies have produced more chemicals than the planet can safely sustain without causing irreversible harm to the environment and human health, says a team of international researchers. Read more
A new generation of pesticides promoted as safe alternatives are showing up in streams at toxic levels with their own set of neurodevelopmental problems in animals and people. Read more
A recent study finds lifetime work-related exposure to pesticides increases incidents of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), including emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Read more
Pesticide exposure disrupts bee gut microbiome leading to a range of impacts that affect fitness in the wild, finds a recent major literature review. Social bees have gut microbiota that contribute to their health, just like humans do. Read more
  LET'S GET SERIOUS ABOUT SOIL, food security & climate change--yes they're related!  
The 1000 Farms Initiative is one of the largest projects to date that will gather data on agricultural management practices, soil & water health, biodiversity, & profits on more than 1000 farms & ranches. Read more
Trees and plants sequester soil carbon, absorbing it from the air and releasing oxygen in its place. This basic concept explains why industrialized farming is a primary contributor to carbon release and the resulting climate change. Read more
The NY Farm Laborer Wage Board has agreed to set a path to a 40-hour work week for farmworkers in New York, a landmark decision that was swiftly criticized by the agricultural industry. Read more
A great starter guide to a naturally healthy home garden. Learn to raise dozens of fruits and veggies at home with sustainable and eco-friendly practices that protect the environment and produce safe, nutritious food―no grocery store required. Discover tips, advice, and step-by-step instructions for planting the right plants at the right time and attracting the right pollinators to help every garden thrive. Get the book
Workers supporting our state's largest industry, agriculture, work and live in conditions far below standard. This 2-minute video explains what is needed and how you can help the people who feed us. Watch video

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