Chesapeake PSR

Coalition educates on pesticides and pesticide policies

Toxics and HealthLydia SullivanComment

Want to keep up with the latest studies and developments on the health impacts of pesticides? The Maryland Pesticide Education Network (MPEN) provides regular action alerts on state and federal pesticide-related policies. Please subscribe to their Smart on Pesticides newsletter to be sent updates on pesticide research and necessary actions.

The latest issue of the network’s newsletter provides information and links to reports, articles, political votes and more. One links to Intercept’s revealing article on an Oregon woman’s decades-long campaign against chemical companies and government regulatory agencies that allowed workers to spray her land with an herbicide called 2,4,5-T, an active ingredient in Agent Orange. Her papers are being catalogued online in The Poison Papers, a project of the Center for Media and Democracy and the Bioscience Resource Project. 

Other articles tie pesticide spraying to various health problems, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and Parkinson’s disease. There are details on how to differentiate between the quality of organic foods. Another item tells about the letter that U.S. representatives C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger, Jamie Raskin and Anthony Brown – all Democrats from Maryland – sent EPA Secretary Scott Pruitt about the agency’s review of pollinator-harming pesticides. Pruitt recently disregarded his own agency’s recommendation to ban chlorpyrifos, an agricultural pesticide linked to childhood brain damage. Some senators also sponsored a bill to ban chlorpyrifos,

The Maryland Pesticide Network, a sister organization of the MPEN formed in 1994, includes medical, environmental, labor, agricultural and religious groups as members. Chesapeake PSR is a founding steering committee member of this coalition.  

Read more about Chesapeake PSR's work on toxics and health.

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