Smart on Pesticides Maryland


About Smart on Pesticides Maryland

The Smart on Pesticides Maryland coalition works to protect Marylanders and the natural systems we depend upon from the toxic impacts of pesticides. The Coalition includes 80 organizations and institutions representing communities, businesses, health care providers, farmers, environmentalists, Waterkeepers, interfaith congregants as well as environmental justice, public health and wildlife advocates.

Pesticides pose a serious risk to our health, to the Chesapeake Bay and local waterways and to wildlife. Certain pesticides particularly harm honeybees and wild bees, and play a significant role in bees dying at alarming rates around the world. Research overwhelmingly shows that toxic neonicotinoid pesticides kill and harm bees, butterflies and birds – posing a serious threat to our food, public health and wildlife. In 2015, Maryland beekeepers lost 61 percent of their bees, about twice the national average and far more than is typical in a year. In addition to killing bees outright, research shows that even low levels of these toxic pesticides cause serious harm.

In 2016, the Coalition successfully worked to pass the groundbreaking Pollinator Protection Act. In 2017, the Coalition also passed a bill to amend the Pollinator Habitat Plans law to ensure that pollinator habitats on state lands do not use pesticides that are known to harm bees, birds and other pollinators.

Ban Chlorpyrifos in Maryland!

Chlorpyrifos is a highly toxic, nerve agent pesticide proven to cause brain damage in children and known to harm the environment and wildlife. It’s so dangerous that, after years of study, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), based on the weight of the scientific evidence, was set to ban all uses of chlorpyrifos last year. However, the Trump Administration reversed that decision.

Banning chlorpyrifos in Maryland would take a significant step in protecting the health and safety of its residents – particularly babies, children and pregnant women – regardless of EPA’s politically-motivated decisions.

Stay tuned for updates as the Smart on Pesticides Maryland coalition works to pass legislation to ban chlorpyrifos in the 2018 General Assembly session. Read more about the bill here.

Saving Maryland Pollinators

Honey bees and other pollinators are responsible for one out of every three bites of food we eat. Bees pollinate 71 of the 100 crops that make up 90 percent of the world’s food supply. Many fruits and vegetables, including apples, blueberries, strawberries, tomatoes, carrots and broccoli, as well as almonds and coffee, rely on bees.

Tell Maryland’s Ace Hardware and other retailers if they want to keep their customers, they need to stop selling plants treated with bee-killing pesticides.

Sign the petition to Maryland nurseries.

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