Summer is upon us, and with that we are more in touch with the insect world. While we may have a repulsive primal reaction, insect species are crucial to the web of life that supports us: insects pollinate the flora around us, they feed birds, and predate on other insects to maintain a balanced ecosystem. Insecticides kill all species, beneficial insects alike. Choose more targeted strategies when you encounter imbalance in your environment: nourish your soil, companion plant to repel, spray insecticidal soaps, use mechanical methods like a fan on your porch to blow away mosquitoes.
Speaking of PFAS, there is movement in several states, including in Maryland, to address PFAS pollution, but we need to stop PFAS at its sources in manufacturing, and especially in pesticides which are applied by the tens of millions of pounds in our state, year after year.
Among the trending news in this edition, honeybees had their second deadliest year on record in 2022. Be kind to pollinators and "Go organic!" in your yard and with your purchasing power.
We have a timely and special request. To continue to address the issue of PFAS in pesticides, we must provide more testing data to the 2023 legislated PFAS in Pesticides Study Group that was the outcome of the 2023 effort to ban PFAS in pesticides. We will use a globally renowned laboratory to test a number of pesticides used in Maryland to further identify the percent of PFAS-free vs. PFAS-containing pesticides. We honestly are not budgeted for this unexpected, yet needed effort, in preparation for promoting passage of a 2024 bill banning the sales and use of PFAS-containing pesticides. We need to raise at least $12,000 to initiate this effort and are requesting your assistance. Please consider making a donation this month, so we can launch this effort.
Recent testing of kale found 7 of 8 brands from U.S. grocery stores in different states were contaminated with PFAS at thousands of times above EPA"s lifetime drinking water limit. One likely source is PFAS-containing pesticides used on conventionally grown kale. Learn more
The cereal giant General Mills praised regenerative agriculture as the “most promising solution to reach [their] climate goals” and embarked on a farmer-driven regenerative agricultural strategy. Learn more
Monsanto and its corporate parent Bayer allegedly violated the civil rights of a farmworker by excluding her from a Roundup cancer settlement due to her immigration status. Learn more
Researchers find that planting hedgerows help farmers sequester carbon in the soil, manage pests, and provide habitat for pollinators & other wildlife. Learn more
Here's a new way to understand the importance of healthy soil in a successful and productive garden. Learn more