environmental health

Maryland General Assembly Has Established Funding for Pesticide Reporting!

Posted April 7th, 2014 by

Thank you MomsRising and Maryland Moms! With your help, the Maryland General Assembly passed House Bill 621 / Senate Bill 700, legislation that generates revenue for professional pesticide usage reporting through a modest increase on the annual pesticide manufacturers product registration fee. Establishing dedicated funds for pesticide reporting in Maryland is a first step toward [...]

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Pesticides: Bad for dads, too

Posted March 7th, 2014 by

We hear a lot about how pesticides can undermine children’s health. From derailing developing brains to bumping up the risk of childhood cancer, even low levels of exposure can wreak some serious havoc. It turns out dads should be concerned about how pesticides are affecting them too. Science shows that exposure to these chemicals can [...]

Pesticide Progress: 2014 Maryland General Assembly Bill Forges the Path

Posted February 19th, 2014 by

As you may remember, Smart on Pesticides Maryland has been trying very hard to advocate for pesticide reporting in Maryland and we’ve made some great progress. Recently, a state legislative workgroup determined that there are data gaps in pesticide use – particularly related to where, when and the amount of specific pesticides being used – [...]

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A Step Closer to Pesticides Reporting in 2014

Posted January 29th, 2014 by

What do Maryland’s kids, our declining honeybees and fish have in common – and especially during this Maryland 2014 legislative session? Pesticides! High rates of childhood cancer, autism, ADHD and asthma in Maryland and elsewhere have been linked to pesticide exposures. Pesticides are also implicated in intersex fish found in Maryland’s waterways; the “canaries in [...]

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Honeybees and Groundwater: Canaries in the Pesticide Coalmine

Posted October 9th, 2013 by

Researchers increasingly draw links between pesticides and serious illnesses like cancer, Parkinson’s disease, birth defects, and a host of others, as well as impacts on aquatic life, such as the Potomac River’s very own intersex fish. Lately the mystery surrounding worldwide beehive loss is leading researchers to question when, where and how pesticides are used and how they affect bees. Maybe the beekeepers’ demand for the most basic pesticide information could be a tipping point in the quest for a reporting database.

Toxic Chemicals to Avoid During Pregnancy

Posted October 1st, 2013 by

I didn’t realize how many women don’t have access to basic information on how to protect themselves (and their unborn child) from exposure to toxic chemicals. Check out WVE’s tips for harmful chemicals to avoid during pregnancy!

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Target can hit a bullseye with a safe cosmetics policy

Posted September 14th, 2013 by

This time of year, Target becomes like my second home. Dropping by to pick up school supplies, clothes and fall sports equipment in addition to my regular shopping, I’m in and out of my local store so often, they should personalize a parking spot for me. Target is my go-to retailer, because I love their [...]

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Ten Organic Food Tips for a Family Budget

Posted September 4th, 2013 by

As a nation, we have become accustomed to paying relatively little for our food as a percentage of overall income.[i] While this cheap food may on the face of it seem like a good thing, it actually comes at an alarming, and astronomical, cost. This is due to the fact that whenever you buy non-organic [...]

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Five out of Five Scientists Agree – We Need More Information about Pesticides

Posted September 3rd, 2013 by

We are making progress on confirming the need for a Maryland pesticide use database! And so many of you helped us get here. The August meeting of the Maryland Pesticide and Information Act Workgroup, its second,  focused on what we do and don’t know about pesticides. The workgroup, consisting of stakeholders on both sides, was [...]

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Secret Toxic Chemicals: From the SC Johnson Family to Yours

Posted July 23rd, 2013 by

You know that SC Johnson commercial that’s on 24/7 about how they they disclose all ingredients right down to fragrance? (Except that they don’t.) We spoofed it. Watch to get the real story!

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