January 6, 2023

Here's wishing a better year in 2023 for all of us! We are very grateful to you, our newsletter community, who share the desire and the will to lessen the pesticide load for our babies, bees and Bay by taking needed actions in your daily lives.

In less than a week, lawmakers will convene the Maryland General Assembly. One crucial pesticide bill we're actively supporting addresses the horrifying discovery of PFAS 'forever chemicals' found at shockingly high levels in pesticides in our state. The bill requires testing of pesticides to prove they are PFAS-free before they can be sold or used in Maryland. As a lead scientist on this issue recently stated, "If the intent was to spread PFAS contamination across the globe, there would be few more effective methods than lacing pesticides with PFAS." We will keep you posted on the bill's progress so that you can assist the bill's passage by urging your legislators to support passage of this bill.

Here are two (free) legislative events you can attend virtually to learn about important environmental bills in this session of the Maryland General Assembly:

Jan. 7 & 8, Sat. & Sun. 2-5 pm - Eastern Shore Environmental Legislative Conference. Our bill requiring testing to ensure PFAS-free pesticides will be presented Sun., 3:55-4:05 pm. Learn more and register  

Jan. 31, Tues. 6-7 pm - 2023 Environmental Legislative Summit. Hosted by the environmental community for legislators and the public – attending is an important way to show legislators your support for key environmental legislation addressing climate change. Learn more and register

Our results are largely made possible by this community -- it is a grassroots effort! Please continue to assist us by making a donation to help fund this work. 

Help us eliminate PFAS in pesticides in Maryland! Every dollar you donate will be doubled by a funder.  Thank you!

Vote With Your Wallet, Vote With Your Fork!  GO Organic! How to go organic in all you do – even on a budget! Learn more
In the market for a new mattress this new year? Our friends at Treehugger have found the top 7 certified organic mattresses on the market in 2023! Learn more
Here's a view on the origins of organic farming and food, fascinating insights into why organic living is so important that still apply today. Learn more
The longest-running four-decade investigation comparing organic and conventional grain-cropping reports impressive results for organic. Learn more
Organic Seed Alliance published a major report on issues that impact our seed supply and the growers who steward it. Learn more
See Cornucopia's Independent Brand List of who sells only organic, is available nationwide, and is independently owned. Supporting these independent brands staves off homogenization of the industry!
On that note, Cornucopia's team has also done the work to identify what brands conglomerates are gobbling up in the organic food market.
  NEWS and VIEWS  
A recently uncovered 2008 study shows the most widely grown GMO soy was linked to liver, pancreas, and testes damage in mice. Learn more
Five ways Monsanto kept toxic Roundup (glyphosate) on the market, despite strong scientific evidence of its harm to people and the environment. Learn more
Children with higher levels of certain pesticides experience early puberty, according to recent research. Learn more
Major PFAS producer 3M will stop manufacturing PFAS by the end of 2025. This, after decades of 3M knowingly polluting products with these dangerous chemicals since the 1950s. Learn more
A lawsuit against Inhance, producer of millions of consumer containers that contain PFAS, seeks to order the company “to cease and desist from all manufacture and processing of [long chain PFAS] during the fluorination of plastic containers”.  Learn more
After 8 years of EPA inaction, a federal court rules that EPA must determine whether the pesticide cyantraniliprole puts the endangered rusty patch bumblebee and other species at risk. Learn more
Dreaming of spring? Here are 15 bee-friendly favorite native flowers to grow in your garden. Learn more
To address the loss of wild insect pollinators, scientists and farmers are seeking ways to help bring native pollinators back. Learn more
Federal court orders EPA to reconsider its decision to expand use of bee-killing pesticide sulfoxaflor. Learn more
  LET'S GET SERIOUS ABOUT SOIL, food security & climate change--yes, they're related!  
Maryland's largest organic grain grower, Mason's Heritage Farm tells how they transitioned from conventional grain production to organic regenerative practices, benefitting soil health and the farm's bottom line. Watch the video
Regenerative Agriculture 101: One hundred regenerative farmers tell us how to build a healthy food system that fights climate change. Learn more
Parental Alert: Capturing the hearts and minds of children, a publishing company linked to the most powerful agriculture lobby in the U.S. is releasing children's books extolling the benefits of pesticides. Learn more

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