A Step Closer to Pesticides Reporting in 2014

  What do Maryland’s kids, our declining honeybees and fish have in common – and especially during this Maryland 2014 legislative session? Pesticides! High rates of childhood cancer, autism, ADHD and asthma in Maryland and elsewhere have been linked to pesticide exposures. Pesticides are also implicated in intersex fish found in Maryland’s waterways; the “canaries […]

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Pesticide Information Could Help Solve Mysterious Bee Deaths

  Take a look at this fabulous op-ed in support of a pesticide-reporting database in Maryland, by Dixie Mullineaux, Bonnie Raindrop and Roger Williams on behalf of Maryland beekeepers. It ran in the The Baltimore Sun. The authors make a powerful case for why we need a pesticide-reporting database: With literally hundreds of registered pesticides […]

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Five out of Five Scientists Agree – We Need More Information about Pesticides

  The August meeting of the Maryland Pesticide and Information Act Workgroup, its second, focused on what we do and don’t know about pesticides. A group of scientists and researchers came to Annapolis to answer four basic questions: What pesticides data exists and who uses it? What information gaps have been identified and by whom? […]

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Advocates Optimistic about Maryland Pesticide Reporting Work Group

For Immediate Release July 8, 2013 Website: www.smartonpesticides.org Facebook: http://on.fb.me/Ut6rrX Twitter: @PesticidesSmart Contact: Dawn Stoltzfus, The Hatcher Group, 410-990-0284, 410-562-5655 (cell) Ruth Berlin, Maryland Pesticide Network, 410-693-7319 Advocates Optimistic about Maryland Pesticide Reporting Work Group   Work Group Begins July 9th to Evaluate Data Gaps and Practical Solutions to Get Better Information about Pesticide Use […]

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MARYLAND MORNING-WYPR: Workgroup To Consider A ‘Pesticide Use Database’ In Maryland

  Workgroup To Consider A ‘Pesticide Use Database’ In Maryland May 22, 2013 To download interviews go to: http://www.wypr.org/podcast/workgroup-consider-pesticide-use-database-maryland Should Maryland farmers be required to submit what pesticides they use to a state-run database? Could that database help researchers answer public health concerns over pesticide use? Last week, Governor O*Malley signed a bill that will […]

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Pesticide Reporting and Information Workgroup Act Signed

  Gov. O’Malley has signed into law a bill that creates a Maryland state commission to make findings and recommendations on a proposed mandatory statewide pesticide usage reporting system in Maryland. http://www.thebaynet.com/news/index.cfm/fa/viewstory/story_ID/32172   […]

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Diverse Coalition Testifies in Support of Mandatory Pesticide Reporting

  Farmers, public health and environmental professionals, moms, watermen and other advocates testified today before the House Environmental Matters Committee in favor of the Pesticide Reporting and Information Act (House Bill 775/Senate Bill 675). Read more….   […]

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Op-Ed: Why Maryland Needs Pesticide Reporting

  MPN Executive Director Ruth Berlin makes her case for passing the Maryland Pesticide Reporting and Information Act (SB 675 and HB 775) in the Annapolis Capital Gazette, “Why Maryland needs pesticide reporting, February 23, 2013. The law would mandate establishment of an online reporting system to collect basic information on potentially toxic chemicals applied […]

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Op-Ed: We Need More Information About Pesticides

  Check out this terrific op-ed from representatives of the Maryland Chapter of the Academy of Pediatrics and the Baltimore Physicians for Social Responsibility, in support of our Smart on Pesticides Maryland campaign. The campaign calls for the 2013 Maryland General Assembly to pass a bill requiring pesticide applicators, as well as sellers of restricted […]

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Maryland Announces Pesticide Drift Database

  (Beyond Pesticides, April 29, 2011) The Maryland Department of Agriculture (MDA) has announced a new online tool under development designed to protect sensitive crops from unintended herbicide exposure as a result of pesticide spray drift. Called the Sensitive Crop Locator Database, the tool would enable growers of grapes, tomatoes, tobacco, fruit trees, ornamentals and […]

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