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

Toxic threats

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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Did You Know?
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: Baltimore City Council Passes Ban on Toxic Pesticides

Pesticides

Statement: Baltimore City Council Passes Ban on Toxic Pesticides

The Baltimore City Council voted in favor of a new comprehensive regulation on pesticides (CB 20-0495). The bill restricts the use of chlorpyrifos, neonicotinoids and glyphosate (the main ingredient in the popular weed killer RoundUp) in Baltimore City. The regulation will go into effect on July 1, 2022. 

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2019 Legislative Scorecard

Kids’ health

2019 Legislative Scorecard

The Maryland Public Interest Research Group (Maryland PIRG), a non-profit, non-partisan advocate for the public interest, monitors the voting records of Maryland’s state legislators. Do your legislators support the public interest? Our 2019 State Legislative Scorecard reviews their votes on key public interest issues, including those listed on our 2019 Legislative Agenda.

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Emily
Rusch

Emily
Rusch

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