December 12, 2022

From the Maryland Pesticide Education Network and our Smart on Pesticides Coalition, we want to wish you all a wonderful holiday season and a truly peaceful, healthy, safe, and hopeful 2023! As we enter this new year, we want to thank all our newsletter readers for the actions you take to reduce your carbon footprint in your personal lives, to mitigate climate change, to reduce pesticide exposures, and go pesticide-free. As you prepare for the holidays, please consider going organic for your holiday gatherings and feasts – even in your gift giving. 

We look forward to keeping you updated monthly in 2023 with lifestyle tips, breaking news/research, and more. We would love your feedback on our newsletters – please let us know if the newsletters meet your interests and what else you would like us to cover at (please put newsletter input in the subject line!). 

Happy holidays everyone!

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



For 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 the holidays with a vegetarian meal or a with a pastured organic bird. Visit MOMs Organic Markets, Common Market Food Co-op, Cottingham Farm for your holiday fixings and support the local organic growers in our region. 
Long-time Md farmer Mike Tabor’s op-ed underscores that the Md Farm Bureau needs to stop promoting dangerous agricultural chemicals -- and that farmers need to understand they are harming their families & communities by promoting toxic chemicals that pollute their drinking water. Learn more
The 9 best organic treats for your dog(s): If you check the ingredient labels before you put anything into your grocery cart, shouldn’t you be doing the same for your dog?  Learn more
It’s worth looking closer at what touches your skin. Many popular soaps contain ingredients that can be harsh on our skin and harmful to the environment, and come in plastic packaging that may not be easy to recycle. Learn more
Good news: Prince George’s County is restricting pesticide use! Throughout the county’s beautiful park system, their Dept. of Parks and Recreation Department has committed to eliminating their use of pesticides and/or majorly reducing their use.
  NEWS and VIEWS  

In case you missed it last month…we're reprising this critical Civil Eats article on the new evidence showing pesticides contain extremely high levels of PFAS, the 'forever chemicals'. Learn more

Stay tuned for action alerts regarding this issue in our January 2023 newsletter!

EPA bans all pet flea collars containing the pesticide tetrachlorvinphos (TCVP), an organophosphate that damages the developing brains and nervous systems of young children, toddlers, and fetuses. Read more
Toxic, drift-prone dicamba pesticide can volatilize into the air, forming cancer-causing airborne particles that impact human health. Read more
EPA is once again lagging behind! A recent Brookings Institution report lists approximately 85 agricultural pesticides still approved for use in the US that have been banned or are being phased out in the European Union, China, and Brazil. Read more
Current laws fail to protect farmworkers from pesticides: “EPA-approved pesticides are constantly being used in a way that is dangerous to people.” Read more
Bumblebees exposed to the world’s most popular weedkiller glyphosate (RoundUp) find it harder to learn and remember colors undermining their ability to find food for the colony … and
Bees are more likely to avoid flowers sprayed with fertilizers and pesticides, due to the way these chemicals alter a plant’s natural electric field, reports a new study.
Climate change, pesticides and parasites are taking a terrible toll on bees and they need protecting, say European beekeepers. Read more
  LET'S GET SERIOUS ABOUT SOIL, food security & climate change--yes, they're related!  
A report sponsored by some of the largest food and farming businesses finds pace of shift to sustainable practices too slow.  It comes from a network of global CEOs focused on climate issues established by King Charles III of Britain. Read more


Civil Eats shares how three innovative, resilient urban farms are making use of new federal funds to fight food insecurity and build connections with neighbors. Read more
In their new book, What Your Food Ate: How to Restore Our Land and Reclaim Our Health, geologist David R. Montgomery and biologist Anne Biklé make a compelling argument that regenerative farming practices result in healthier soil and higher nutrient density in food. Read more

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