Pesticides

The chemicals used to grow our food and maintain our parks and playgrounds are putting our health at risk.

The food we buy should be safe to eat, and our parks and playgrounds shouldn’t be filled with chemicals that put our health at risk, especially when those risks include cancer and developmental disorders. Choosing to buy organic, gardening without pesticides, and avoiding chemical fertilizers are all important, but only collective action will stop the use of these dangerous chemicals. 

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Wins, losses, and ‘almost did its’ for 2020

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Wins, losses, and ‘almost did its’ for 2020

The Maryland General Assembly wrapped up the 2020 legislative session last week, weeks earlier than expected. While the public health crisis meant some of our legislative priorities didn’t make it through this year, we still have a lot to celebrate.

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In the U.S., 26 million pounds of glyphosate, the main chemical ingredient in Roundup, are sprayed on public parks, playgrounds, schools and gardens in a year.

What We're Doing

We’re working to ban RoundUp in parks, playgrounds and other public spaces until it is proven safe. Learn more

Why we need to ban Roundup

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Statement: EPA says PFAS contamination in pesticides may violate federal law

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Statement: EPA says PFAS contamination in pesticides may violate federal law

In an effort to protect communities from PFAS contamination, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced on Wednesday that the presence of PFAS contamination in pesticides could be a violation of a federal toxic chemical law, known as the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA). The EPA has signaled the presence of so-called “forever chemicals'' in pesticides could stem from the fluorinated containers used for storage and transportation.

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Emily
Rusch

Emily
Rusch

Vice President and Senior Director of State Offices, The Public Interest Network