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Chlorpyrifos was set to be banned nationally when, after decades of study, the EPA concluded there are no safe levels in our food or drinking water. Chlorpyrifos is widely applied to many vegetables, orchard fruits, strawberries, and on golf courses. In children, chlorpyrifos has been proven to cause brain damage, childhood cancers, neurodevelopment issues, ADD and is linked to autism. Unfortunately, the Trump administration overturned its own agency’s recommendation shortly after taking office. Forward-thinking Maryland legislators and the Smart on Pesticides coalition have a plan to protect our children from chlorpyrifos–learn how.
Sign up to receive action alerts to support this important bill, as it moves through the Maryland General Assembly.
In 2018, when Maryland legislators tried to safeguard Maryland children with a ban of chlorpyrifos in our state, Butlers Orchard and Weber’s Cider Mill Farm were among those who aggressively opposed this important protection. Even worse, both orchards trade on inviting families into their fields, where this poison may be used.
Use this link to email Butlers and Webers about why they should protect our children, and NOT the chemical industry.
Support a petition by Montgomery County Councilmember Tom Hucker that asks Montgomery Parks to stop using glyphosate products in our park systems. Glyphosate is considered a probable carcinogen.
Read the petition and letter to the parks director and sign on.
As of January 1, 2018, the hard-fought and won Pollinator Protection Act went into effect. Stores had 18 months after the law was passed to continue to sell their current inventories—this concession to stores ended this New Year’s day.
Except it didn’t. Apparently, many stores have not ended the sales of banned neonic-containing consumer garden and lawncare products. Maybe store managers or their corporate purchasing departments don’t know about the new Maryland law. These pollinator-harming products may be available for unwitting Maryland consumers–at a store near you. So, it falls to all of us to tell them.
Help us get these dangerous outlawed products out of Maryland stores. We need you to go to your friendly neighborhood store and check the shelf for a neonic product. Then report it to us. This fact sheet makes it easy to do in 5-10 minutes on your next visit.
Join this simple, yet effective, community service—to benefit the whole web of pollinator life. We think of it as a people-powered pollinator defender squad—will you help us? It’s a great activity to do with your children who will learn a valuable civics lesson in the process of defending the butterflies and lightening bugs we all loved as children.
The bottom line: If we don’t bring awareness of the new law to store owners and infractions to the Maryland Dept. of Agriculture, then no one is going to do anything about enforcing it. Let us know what you find and report, and we will follow-up.
Download the “5 Simple Steps” Pollinator Squad fact sheet.