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COVID-19 SAFETY ALERT

Many disinfectants cause respiratory and other health problems. Our Safer Disinfectants fact sheet has what you need to know.

 

Join the Go Organic campaign! We’re empowering Marylanders to protect ourselves, our families and our state from harmful pesticides—through our actions and the purchases we make everyday.

 

Go Organic! Vote with Your Wallet, Vote with Your Fork is a campaign of the Maryland Smart on Pesticides Coalition of 96 organizations and businesses. We’re working to protect our babies, bees and the Bay from adverse impacts of pesticides, while promoting safer alternatives.

You have choices.
You vote everyday, with your wallet and fork.

Consumer power drives change, join the movement!

We cast a vote everyday with our wallet and our fork. Protect your health by avoiding pesticide laden food, products and services. Instead, choose organic or pesticide-free alternatives. Each choice is a powerful act that can reduce your toxic chemical body-burden. And, with every dollar you withhold from polluting industries, you’ll be creating greater demand for affordable, clean and organic alternatives.

Organics are readily available and can be affordable on any budget.

Even adding a few organic or pesticide-free products can support your, and your family’s, health! Prices have fallen, so that some organic products and services can be little or no more expensive than pesticide reliant conventional products and services. See our Organic On A Budget page for tons of ideas and connections.

Pesticide Body Burden?

A Baltimore family goes organic for 1 week in a study examining pesticide body burden.

What happened is shocking.

Orchards and Toxic Fruit?

Ask your local orchard if they use chlorpyrifos on the apples, pears and pumpkins you’re buying?

Download the fact sheet.

Bee-killing Neonics 

Some stores are still selling these baned products. Download these easy steps to verify.

Help Maryland enforce its bee law.

Make the Go Organic! Pledge to reduce your pesticide consumption in 2019.

Source clean, organic and pesticide-free alternatives here.

Find new suppliers for food (vote with your fork), services and products (vote with your wallet)—and learn the compelling reasons you should choose them. The following website sections will be expanded weekly with lots of new resources to help you move toward a pesticide-free lifestyle. Get started now, with the links below. Go Organic! Vote with Your Wallet, Vote with Your Fork.

EATING

Organic on a budget.
Avoid the Dirty Dozen.
Finding clean food.
Farmers market pocket guide.
GO Now.

LIVING

Find Eco-friendly diapers,
organic beauty care,
healthy home products.
Safe home pest control.
GO now.

GROWING

New farming trends.
Healthy lawn & garden.
Bee-safe plants, seeds.
Bee-safe pest control.
GO now.

BUYING

Support clean farmers.
Find products, services,
shops and websites.
Guide to “eco” labels.
GO now.

LEARNING

Pesticide research library.
Go Organic principals.
Need to know strategies,
i.e. Safe mosquito control.
GO now.

BUDGETING

On a tight budget?
No worries! Learn
cost-effective ways
to Go Organic,
enjoy the benefits,
on budget.
GO now.

DECLARING

Step 1: Pledge your intent
to buy less pesticide-
laden products, to vote with
your wallet & fork. Sign on!
GO now.

ACTING

Join Smart on Pesticides
listserv for action alerts
on Maryland efforts to
reduce toxic impacts.
GO now.

Subscribe! Our PesticideSmart monthly newsletter shares eye-opening briefs (the good, the bad and the ugly) and great resources for cleaner living.

Go Organic Salutes Safer Biorational / Biopesticides

Moving pest management away from toxic pesticides

Pesticides vary in their toxicity and in their potential to cause undesirable human and ecological impacts. Pest control materials that are effective on the target pest, yet relatively non-toxic with few ecological side-effects are sometimes called “biorational” pesticides; the EPA uses the term “biopesticides” for this pesticide type. The major categories of biorational pesticides include botanicals, microbials, minerals, and synthetic materials. Many, but not all, biorationals qualify for use on organic farms and are OMRI-certified.

 

This biopesticide market has advanced rapidly in the last 10 years, valued at $3.3 billion in 2017, it is expected to grow 13.9% to $9.5 billion by 2025.
– from Transparency Market Research

 

The IR-4 Project helps makers of these safer biopesticides test and register them so they can be brought to market. IR-4 Project has a searchable database that farmers and the public can use to identify these products for specific pest needs.

 

As you consider moving toward organic lawncare, gardening and pest control, you can access this database to find listings of products for non-toxic pest control here.

 

Beyond Pesticides also provides a list of non-toxic alternatives, here.

Make the Go Organic! Pledge to reduce your pesticide consumption in 2018.