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Maryland Pesticide Education Network

Advocating against harmful impacts of pesticides and for safer alternatives

Pesticides & the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Project

Convening diverse Bay stakeholders in collaborative working groups and an annual conference, since 2007.

Healthy Soil and
Climate Change

How we nourish the soil and grow crops has the greatest potential for mitigating the impacts of climate change.

Smart on Pesticides Coalition Promoting Policies & Laws

In working together, we accomplish more via this state coalition of 100+ organizations and businesses.

GoOrganic Maryland

Driving systemic marketplace changes with healthier lifestyle choices. Vote with your wallet and vote with your fork!

Food Security

Addressing pollinator loss, worst bad-actor pesticides, food and farm worker protections, healthy soils, and more.

Protecting Your Family

Healthy alternatives, including safer mosquito management for families, communities and ecosystems.

The Mission of Maryland Pesticide Education Network
  • Encourages adoption of safer pest/land management practices for people, pollinators and our food supply, wildlife and the environment, including practices that optimally sequester carbon in an effort to mitigate climate change;
  • Promotes right-to-know and protective policies/laws related to pesticide use, exposure and impact, through an environmental justice lens;
  • Educates/engages public, policymakers, pest/land care management, farmers, waterkeepers and healthcare/public health professionals re: hazards of pesticide exposure and safer alternatives;
  • Promotes programs, policies/laws to eliminate hazardous pesticide use/impact;
  • Promotes a paradigm shift from society’s reliance on pesticides to pesticide-free/organic practices and products to protect the health of all life and;
  • Collaborates with local/state/federal agencies, and organizations to promote and accomplish these objectives.

MPEN was instrumental in passage of nationally groundbreaking laws: 1998 and 1999 Integrated Pest Management (IPM) in Schools laws ensured pesticides are only used as last resort in and around Md public schools; in 2016 and 2017, two first-in-the-nation pollinator protection laws. And, as of December 31, 2021, we will be the only state in the U.S. to institute a full ban of the brain-harming pesticide chlorpyrifos.

Learn About Pesticides and Safer Alternatives

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Solar Pollinator Habitat

Use our Pollinator-SAFE Toolkit and Scorecard for the facts and resources for creating truly safe pollinator habitats at solar installations.

Food & Farm Workers

Help us win basic health and safety protections for the crab pickers, poultry and field workers rendered vulnerable by our industrialized food system.

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How the Pesticide Industry Tried to Stop a Bill to Protect Bees in Maryland

A rare glimpse into the pesticide industry’s playbook, illuminated by emails US Right to Know obtained by FOIA revealing the coordinated tactics Md Dept. of Agriculture and the pesticide industry used to try to kill the 2015-16 bee bills. Thankfully, Smart on Pesticides Coalition fought and won this first-in-the-nation legislation that banned outdoor consumer use of products […]

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Thyroid Cancer and Pesticide Use in a Central California Agricultural Area: A Case Control Study

Abstract Objective To examine environmental factors that influence risk of thyroid cancer. Methods We performed a case-control study utilizing thyroid cancer cases from the California Cancer Registry (1999-2012) and controls sampled in a population-based manner. Study participants were included if they were diagnosed with thyroid cancer, lived in the study area at their time of […]

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Pesticides and Other Volatile Chemicals Cause Air Pollution Linked to Premature Deaths

July 28, 2021 | Between 340,000 and 900,000 premature deaths each year can be linked to air pollution caused by the release of volatile organic compounds, such as pesticides, paints, and cleaning agents, from anthropogenic sources. The findings, published in Atmospheric Chemistry and Physics, were drawn from an international team of over 50 scientists, led […]

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