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You can reduce your pesticide consumption.
Take a first step.

 

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 94 organizations and businesses. We are collaborating to protect our babies, bees and the Bay from adverse impacts of pesticides, while promoting safer alternatives.

Check out our new Organic On A Budget page!

You may know your daily intake of calories.
What’s your daily intake of pesticides?

Pesticides are all around us, even inside our bodies.

As Americans, we are exposed to over 5,000 different toxic pesticides–64 million pounds annually–through the food and water we consume, the products we buy for our homes, in our air, soil, and waterways.

Science is conclusive: pesticides are making us sick.

Pesticide exposure is linked to rising cancers, respiratory diseases, dementia, obesity, cognitive problems, autism spectrum disorders, infertility, Parkinson’s disease, auto immune diseases and other troubling health conditions. Those pesticides, which are hormone-disrupting chemicals, damage chromosomes that are passed on, making our offspring more prone to cancer for generations to come.

For the research studies, access the Maryland Pesticide Education Network research archives.

Pesticide exposure is far worse for children.

Children’s smaller body mass and developing brains make them more vulnerable to pesticide damage. Life-defining impacts, including autism, learning disabilities, ADD/ADHD, cognitive and behavior problems, have been linked to pesticide exposure. Sadly, adequate testing for impacts to children is often not required before products are allowed on the market.

Its strawberry season, download this fact sheet on pesticides and strawberries, their impacts to children and how to avoid them.

Doesn’t the EPA protect us?

Unfortunately, the EPA’s ability to protect Americans has been eroded by the agro-chemical industry’s powerful influence on our government, for decades. A recent example–in 2017, the US EPA’s Secretary Pruitt overturned his own agency’s 2016 recommendation for a ban on the pesticide chlorpyrifos, despite overwhelming scientific evidence proving damage to babies’ brains and that chlorpyrifos is unsafe at any level in our food. See how EPA routinely allows ongoing use of untested pesticides.

TAKE ACTION: Four important actions to protect Maryland.

Organic Pick-Your-Own

It’s the season! Find organic strawberries and other fruits at these organic farms in Maryland.

Find pick-your-own farms here.

Brain harming chlorpyrifos

EPA found it “unsafe at any level” yet its still used on many fruits and vegetables.

Help protect Maryland children.

Bee-killing neonics 

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

Help Maryland enforce its bee law.

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.

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

Use this website to source clean, organic and pesticide-free alternatives.

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.

A Maryland Retailer that Inspires and Leads in Organic Living

Go Organic Salutes: MOM’s Organic Markets

When we want to cast a strong vote with our dollar, shopping at MOM’s Organic Market heads our list. From humble beginnings working out of his mom’s garage in 1978, MOM’s founder Scott Nash has grown this family-owned organic market chain to 10 stores in Maryland and 11 in DC, Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey.

 

MOM’s was founded on a mission to save the planet and puts the environment first with its groundbreaking policies that are a model for environmental responsibility. They embody their eco-sensibility in their store design, all-organic expanded inventory, high sustainability standards, employment practices, innovative store programs, and strong community involvement.

 

Here are some examples of why Go Organic Maryland salutes MOM’s Organic Markets this month.

  • MOM’s works for those doing organic on a budget—it has been featured in the consumer’s Checkbook as one of the  cheapest places to buy organic produce. Their monthly sales flyer offers further savings. MOM’s offers bulk options on a wide array of products.
  • All produce is certified organic and MOM’s maintains progressive standards that excludes a list of 100+ banned ingredients.
  • MOM’s has an extensive product line to support an organic lifestyle, not just organic eating, including certified organic clothing, cleaning supplies, cosmetics and personal care products—even beekeeping equipment is available from some locations.
  • In 2005, MOM’s banned plastic grocery bags and introduced a $.10 bag credit for customers who use reusable bags. Their commitment to eliminating unnecessary plastic waste resulted in MOM’s customers preventing 2,629,920 plastic bags from being used in 2018, by encouraging customers to bring their own.
  • In 2010, MOM’s became the first grocer to remove all bottled water from its aisles and replacing it with water machines and reusable water containers for customers.
  • MOM’s offers free recycling services to customers–especially helpful for hard-to-recycle objects including natural cork, jeans, batteries, shoes, food squeeze pouches, compost, cell phones, glasses, health and beauty packaging, brita filters, plastic and snack bags, as well as cardboard.
  • MOM’s gives back by investing in renewable energy projects and donating over $500,000 annually to local organizations that share their mission.
  • The company supports electric and hybrid vehicles to reduce global warming emissions and hosts Level II car charging stations at all locations (except Bowie) and is a member of U.S. Dept. of Energy’s Workplace Charging Challenge program. MOM’s will contribute 15% for any electric car purchase their employees make.

 

MOM’s inspires, supports, and nourishes us on the path to an organic life, healthier communities and planet. Visit a MOM’s store near you (and be sure to get a complimentary cup of organic coffee to enjoy during your shopping trip): www.momsorganicmarket.com/

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