Support Mass. Action on Glyphosate!
We have several opportunities to move our Commonwealth away from reliance on systemic and toxic biocides (life-killing chemicals) like glyphosate and toward organic, life-supporting solutions for landcare and agriculture.
Several bills currently before the Mass. State legislature would restrict the use of glyphosate. One protects schoolchildren from toxic pesticides and the other two would reduce glyphosate use statewide (more details below.)
The 2019-20 legislative session ends on July 31st, 2020. While the legislature continues to grapple with the COVID-19 crisis and important issues surrounding racial justice, we can't let them forget the importance of reducing our exposure to these toxins.
Please use this form to contact your state senator and representative. Share with them your concerns about glyphosate and ask them to support swift passage the he below pesticide bills. You can learn more about the dangers of glyphosate on the NOFA/Mass website. (Suggested talking points are also provided in this form.)
- Introduced by Rep. Carmine Gentile, H.4413 takes all glyphosate-containing herbicides (including Monsanto's Roundup) off hardware store shelves and ends consumer use of this toxic biocide statewide! On February 13, 2020 the bill was "reported favorably" by the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture (ENRA) and referred to the committee on House Ways and Means (meaning it's one step from a full vote by the House).
H.791 - An Act relative to improving pesticide protections for Massachusetts schoolchildren
This bill, also introduced by Rep. Carmine Gentile, updates the list of pesticides eligible for use on the outdoor grounds of schools and child care centers and would allow only pesticides considered minimum risk by EPA, or certified organic. This law would stop the outdoor use of toxic pesticides like glyphosate and 2,4-D, currently permitted in IPM programs “to maintain quality appearance” (!) and provide uniform understanding for parents and school employees that toxic pesticides will not be used where children are learning.
S.499 - An Act relative to the use of glyphosate on public lands
This bill, introduced by Senator Jason Lewis, would end the application of any glyphosate-based herbicide on any public lands owned or maintained by the Commonwealth without a special permit
All of these bills are facing serious opposition from the well-heeled chemical lobbyists. However, as awareness of the dangers of glyphosate grows, we have an increasing number of allies in the state legislature.
Please let your legislators know that you support their bold leadership on pesticides. Encourage them to stand up to the chemical industry lobbyists and take action to protect our communities.
Note: Personal phone calls are worth >100X more than emails. We strongly encourage supporters to call their legislators directly about these bills after sending an email. You can look up their names and phone numbers, here: openstates.org