Help Us Combat Pesticide Threats in Maryland

Support Md Pesticide Education Network & the Smart on Pesticides Coalition

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Support Md Pesticide Education Network & the Smart on Pesticides Coalition

We're raising funds to fight increasing threats to Maryland

Help our Smart on Pesticides Coalition provide issues education to Maryland's legislators and the public on two critically needed bills in the Maryland General Assembly.
Pesticide Regulation - Transfer to Dept. of the Environment.
We need better pesticide oversight by the agency with scientific and toxic expertise and charged with protecting Maryland's public health and environment.
Mosquito Control Products and PFAS Chemicals. Requiring mosquito control products to be tested for PFAS before they are allowed to be used or sold in the State.

The 'forever chemicals' PFAS were found in three products listed for use in Maryland's Mosquito Control program, spraying 2,100 communities in our state, often weekly. Pesticides, in themselves, are toxic but no one knows what happens when a PFAS chemical (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substance known to cause liver damage, thyroid disease, decreased fertility, hormone suppression, high cholesterol, obesity and cancer) is added to pesticides. These increased effects have rarely been studied. One thing we can be sure of: it can't be good — but we are on it, educating policy-makers and the public about this issue to get needed protections in Maryland.

Just one of the reasons we are asking for your help now. We are a very small-staffed organization doing BIG work and getting results. Check out our NEW WEBSITE!

We have made great progress in all these areas, with your help this year we'll be able to continue:

  • Helping protect our honeybees and pollinations with 4 first-in the nation pollinator-protecting state laws! Helping bees survive and thrive on solar farms, in backyards, in parks through our advocacy campaigns.
  • Bringing diverse stakeholders together to collaborate through our Pesticides & the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Project Conference and 3 Working Groups focused on Research, Agriculture and Healthy Alternatives, continuing 15 years of working collaboration.
  • Providing requested research and data for legislators concerning PFAS in pesticides and the need for toxic oversight of pesticides in our state.
  • Advocating for health, safety, and environmental justice for food and farm workers who feed us—we promoted protection policies for these workers in the pandemic.
  • Launching our nationally groundbreaking website to identify safer disinfectants instead of pesticide-registered disinfectants that carry serious health risks for schools, the healthcare industry, and the public.
  • Teaching hospitals and schools how to eliminate using toxic pesticides that endanger patients, students, and staff health.
  • Promoting healthy soils that sequester carbon.
  • Driving systemic change and consumer demand away from chemical-intensive products and practices to organic via GoOrganicMd.org website's—helping you to "Vote with your wallet, vote with your fork!"
  • Advocating for safe pesticide-free land care in towns and counties.

Please donate now. Thank you!