February 7th deadline to Support Mass. Pesticides Reform Bills

Be(e) heard on pesticides!

UPDATE (April 2, 2024): Thanks in no small part to your continued action, several of our priority pesticide reform bills were advanced by the legislative committees and are still in play! Now we are in the "final push" until the end of the formal session in July, so keep contacting your legislators every so often and share this action alert with your networks.

The following priority pesticide reform bills are still in play. Please ask your legislators to support final passage on these bills:

Create a Pesticide Reform Task Force (S.521/H.783) – A bill to create a “pesticide control modernization and environmental protection task force” was recommended and “ought to pass” last session and is our top priority this session, as it will help address a host of systemic concerns in a holistic manner. Whatever your concerns are re: pesticides, you have a reason to support this bill.

Modernize Pesticide Reporting AND protect children from pesticide exposure (S.487/H.825)

UPDATE: This bill was "reported favorably" to the House Ways and Means Committee! This combined bill, which was approved by both chambers last year, would create an online portal and database for pesticide use reporting records with clear, online public access to the annual data and it would require that pesticides be proven safe before being used on playgrounds and fields where children learn and play.

Return Local Control over Pesticides (S.540/H.814) – This bill would return power to communities to protect their families, food and water from harmful pesticide exposure. Also, a “home rule petition” (H.804) from the Town of Arlington would grant local control over rat poisons.

Please use this form to send a quick message to your legislators asking them to support the above high priority pesticide reform bills.

The Mass. State legislature is considering several bills which would move our Commonwealth away from reliance on toxic biocides (life-killing chemicals) like glyphosate and toward life-honoring solutions for landcare and agriculture. Awareness and support among legislators has grown significantly and new science continues to emerge which validates our movement supporting swift action to protect the health and integrity of our communities, human and non-human alike.

Learn more about these and other NOFA/Mass priority bills, here.

Use this form now to contact your state legislators

We set up this Action Network page to make it as easy as possible for people to send a quick email to their legislators. We encourage everyone to take this simple action… and if you want to be “extra,” pick up the phone and/or write a personalized email after you use this form! (look them up, here)

We don’t need to match the agri-chemical or fossil fuel companies dollar for dollar - we can beat their political capital with people power. (Of course, we appreciate your donations to keep us going!).

We are relying on the strength of this grassroots movement for pesticides reduction, so please: share this alert with your fellow earth-loving gardeners, farmers and food activists! (You might want to subscribe to the NOFA/Mass Policy Newsletter to get future alerts directly.)

Thank you, to all of you who have and will continue to help demonstrate to policy makers the sustained power of this community and the promise of the better world we’re growing together.

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