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

PFAS and mosquito control products bill

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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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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Support HB208 /SB375 to Fix the Loophole in the Pollinator Protection Act

  Unclear language in the law is allowing over 100 retail stores to sell bee-killing banned neonic-containing consumer lawn & garden products to consumers—even though it is illegal for consumers to buy and use them. This bill makes a technical fix in the language of the law to restrict consumer use, as originally intended by […]

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Override the Governor’s veto of Maryland’s Chlorpyrifos Ban

  To protect children’s brains, our endangered bees, and our Bay from the toxic impact of chlorpyrifos, we need the certainty of law. Take action! Tell your legislator to vote to override the veto of SB300 and ban chlorpyrifos by law. The Smart on Pesticides Maryland coalition, spearheaded by the Maryland Pesticide Education Network, works […]

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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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Smart on Pesticides Coalition Statement Re: University of Maryland Bee Informed Partnership May 10, 2016 blog post: Nation’s Beekeepers Lost 44 Percent of Bees in 2015-16

  May 12, 2016: The Smart on Pesticides Coalition shares the Bee Informed Partnership (BIP) concerns regarding their latest preliminary results of an annual nationwide survey that “Beekeepers across the United States lost 44 percent of their honey bee colonies during the year spanning April 2015 to April 2016.” As BIP’s project director, Dr. Dennis […]

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