Maryland Lacks Appropriate Systems to Track COVID Cases Among Poultry, Migrant, and Seasonal Farm and Food Workers

Marylanders for Food and Farm Worker Protection Coalition calls on the state to adopt new measures to help curb infectious diseases by collecting better COVID-19 data for the poultry industry and migrant seasonal food and farm workers May 24, 2022, Annapolis, Md. – Right now, migrant and seasonal farm workers are arriving in Maryland to […]

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Experts and Advocates Testify in Support of Bill Protecting Marylanders from Dangerous PFAS in Common Pesticides

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Bill would ensure mosquito control products are free of PFAS contamination in order to safeguard public health March 2, 2022, Annapolis, Md. — Nationally renowned scientists, environmental advocates, and public health experts provided testimony to the Maryland House of Delegates Health and Government Operations committee today in favor of a bill to eliminate PFAS contamination in […]

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Maryland Essential Workers’ Protection Act Passes State Legislature, Safeguarding Food and Farm Workers During Enduring Pandemic

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A victory for temporary emergency protections, but more work to be done to protect food and farm workers  April 13, 2021, Annapolis, MD — Last night, the Maryland legislature gave final approval to the Maryland Essential Workers’ Protection Act (HB 581 / SB 486), which is a small victory for essential workers, including food and […]

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General Assembly Passes Bill to Fix Pollinator Protection Act

Technical fix protects bees, pollinators, and Maryland’s food supply April 12, 2021, Annapolis, MD – Today, the Maryland General Assembly gave final passage to legislation (HB208 / SB375) that will provide a critical technical fix to the bipartisan 2016 Pollinator Protection Act to end all consumer use of outdoor, home, lawn, and garden products that contain neonicotinoid (or neonic) pesticide, as the […]

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PFAS Found in Widely Used Insecticide

Environmental groups call on EPA and Maryland to find and eliminate source March 26, 2021, Washington, D.C. — An insecticide widely used in public mosquito control contains high levels of toxic“forever chemicals,” according to test results ordered by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER) and the Maryland Pesticide Education Network (MPEN). Because per-and polyfluoralkyl substances […]

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New Maryland Coalition Calls on Governor Hogan To Protect Food and Farm Workers

  Over 100 groups form the Marylanders for Food and Farm Worker Protection Coalition call for executive order providing COVID-19 protections for poultry, seafood, and agricultural workers. September 3, 2020, Eastern Shore, MD — Today, a new coalition of over 100 groups fighting for workers’ rights launched its campaign calling on Governor Hogan to issue an […]

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General Assembly Passes Maryland Chlorpyrifos Ban

State to become 4th in the country to ban pesticide proven to cause brain damage and harm the environment March 18, 2020, Annapolis, MD – Today the Maryland General Assembly gave final passage to legislation that will ban chlorpyrifos starting January 1, 2021. Maryland will become the fourth state in the country to ban chlorpyrifos, […]

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Pesticide Foes Win the Day in DC: Cheh’s Bill Goes to Mayor

  Tue, Jul 10, 2012 WASHINGTON, D.C., After more than a year of strategic planning and fierce opposition from synthetic chemical lobbying groups, a Washington, D.C., councilor today was able to unanimously pass the nation’s most comprehensive municipal law to restrict pesticides. Representative Mary’s Cheh’s bill, known as the Pesticide Education and Control Amendment Act […]

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British Columbia Pesticide Ban Campaign Gains Traction

  Beyond Pesticides, (May 10, 2012) British Columbia (BC) may become the eighth Canadian province to ban cosmetic (lawn care) pesticides after the Special Committee on Cosmetic Pesticides submit their recommendations to the legislature later this month. The report will outline the bipartisan committee’s findings from over the last eight months on restrictions for non-essential […]

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EPA lawsuit could influence thousands, farm bureaus says

  By The Associated Press MORGANTOWN, W.Va. — The American Farm Bureau and its West Virginia counterpart say an Environmental Protection Agency move aimed at cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay could set critical legal precedent for their members, so they should be allowed to intervene in an Eastern Panhandle chicken grower’s lawsuit. In a court […]

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