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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2019 Public Interest Wins and Losses

Food & farming

2019 Public Interest Wins and Losses

As the Maryland General Assembly wraps up their 2019 session we’re reflecting on the past 90 days, celebrating successes and highlighting disappointments.

2019 Legislative Priorities

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2019 Legislative Priorities

Maryland PIRG’s mission is to deliver persistent, result-oriented public interest activism that protects consumers, encourages a fair, sustainable economy, and fosters democratic government.

Maryland PIRG statement on TSCA Reform

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Maryland PIRG statement on TSCA Reform

  Unless Congress makes changes to the preemption clauses in the current bill being negotiated, it would effectively halt state action to restrict a toxic chemical while the EPA is assessing its safety – a years-long process that will leave us all at risk. When it comes to health protections, the federal government should set a floor, not a ceiling. We need sensible TSCA reform in order to keep us safe – not a step backward.

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Emily
Rusch

Emily
Rusch

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