November 8, 2022

On this Election Day, we're mindful of the many ways we have power in our democracy – certainly with our vote. We also do so in the choices we can make daily – supporting needed change in our state legislature, educating public officials for better decision-making, all the choices we make to live pesticide-free, which also care for the survival of other species; when we buy organic and support the food system needed for our changing world to sharing important news and information with family and friends. All of these acts make a difference – in our own lives and in our society as we envision and empower healthy regenerative change in our world. 

November is synonymous with Thanksgiving, and now Giving Tuesday. There is no shortage of need but thankfully, many good organizations and people are working for our common well-being. So too, is Maryland Pesticide Education Network (MPEN). We are the only state organization taking on the “merchants of death” who poison our earth, our Bay, our children, and all of creation. MPEN is a small but mighty organization that has lead the nation in state pesticide protection laws and was the first, with national organization PEER, to test and find pesticides to be contaminated with the ‘forever chemicals’ PFAS. Our suspicions that manufacturers are adding PFAS as a surfactant to pesticides have now been confimed (see the Civil Eats article in News & Views). As Maryland Pesticide Education Network’s executive director Ruth was quoted in the article saying, “Not everybody you know is buying carpets with PFAS in them, and not everybody is exposed to firefighting foam, but everybody is exposed to pesticides, whether they like it or not” – thanks to a billion pounds of pesticides a year used across 900 million acres in the U.S.

Please make a donation to help us continue our work in the upcoming Maryland General Assembly to address this PFAS in pesticides issue. As always, we are very thankful for all the ways you support a healthier pesticide-free life, state, and planet, and the Maryland Pesticide Education Network and our Smart on Pesticides Coalition!

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



For early holiday shopping, Go Organic in your gifting. Visit for daily use gifts that will be appreciated for their utility and safety for family, friends, and the planet. Learn more
Feasting organically? Celebrate Thanksgiving with a vegetarian meal or a with a pastured organic bird. You can express gratitude in a way that considers the ecological footprint of your dinner and the Native American ethos of honoring our living Earth. Visit MOMs Organic Markets, Common Market Food Co-op, Cottingham Farm for your holiday fixings and support the local organic growers in our region. 


What is the "water footprint" of the food you eat? Find out with "Water Footprint of Food Guide". Regenerative organically grown foods are more resilient to rain and drought caused by climate change – another reason to GoOrganic. Learn more
Choosing an eco-friendly dish soap is an easy step you can take towards protecting our waterways, see how brands measure up. Learn more
Check out these 22 simple steps toward a more sustainable lifestyle – they can help you save money and reduce your carbon footprint. Learn more


  NEWS and VIEWS  
Civil Eats interviews MPEN's executive director on the new evidence showing pesticides contain PFAS – six commonly used pesticides found to have extraordinary high levels. Learn more. Learn more


Pesticides can interfere with cells in the body, causing blood profile abnormalities that affect blood cell formation &  immune system function. Learn more
For the first time, European scientists have developed a method to quickly determine the exposure of people to pesticides via the analysis of wastewater. Learn more
Exposure to widely used neonicotinoid pesticides harms amphibians at multiple life stages, adversely affecting their ability to survive in the wild. These long-lived systemic insecticides are consistently found in US waterways, often above federal safety limits. Learn more
Silent Spring is expanding to Silent Life on Earth. Prolific pesticides poison us too – via the food we eat, but also poisoning the land and water, the insects we depend on, and the soil that nourishes our crops. Learn more
Pyrethroid pesticides are associated with the growing worldwide epidemic of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, a condition that causes swelling of the liver and can eventually lead to cirrhosis, cancer, or liver failure. Learn more
PNBC News has done a very revealing map analyzing the intensity of use of highly toxic glyphosate pesticide across the USA. Learn more
Pesticide-free parks and playgrounds have been achieved by Prince George's County – over 400 parks, playgrounds, and dog parks have become pesticide-free. Learn more
New research, tracking fields of watermelons and blueberries over several years, suggests that a one-time snapshot of bees frequenting a field underestimates the variety of species needed to ensure a good crop. Learn more 
Scientists are only now starting to study how ever-more-common heat waves may disrupt the way bees & other pollinators interact with plants, with cascading negative impacts on crop production. Learn more. Learn more
  LET'S GET SERIOUS ABOUT SOIL, food security & climate change--yes they're related!  
At a US House Committee hearing, Rodale Institute CEO Jeff Moyer urged lawmakers to improve the regulatory environment for farmers with federal support for the regenerative organic agriculture model because of the system's reliability, resiliency, and independence from foreign-produced commodities, like Russian-made synthetic fertilizer. Learn more
Leave the leaves in your yard this fall! Your garden's wild residents benefit immensely when you leave things a little messy & wild with a variety of leaves, hollow stems, brush piles or dead wood, soil & flower heads available for winter shelter. Learn more
Each year as many as 20,000 farmworkers are poisoned by pesticides and an estimated 11,000 fatalities occur worldwide. Consider: In a country where the average life expectancy is 78 years, the people who work in the fields tend to live to be just 42. Learn more
An urban farm can be a multi-faceted resource for its community, supplying farm-fresh food, health & education, while withstanding the challenges of climate change. Learn more
See what’s ahead and what we can do about Climate Change, Pesticides & Biodiversity. Watch this excellent 20-minute presentation by Dr. Kendra Klein, from MPEN’s Nov 3rd stakeholder conference. Watch Now

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