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.
State legislators are now considering several pieces of legislation which would restrict the use of glyphosate and return power to local governments to protect their communities from all pesticides/biocides. (Update, 10/3/19: These bills will receive a "Public Hearing" at the State House on Nov. 12, 2019. It's important to increase the volume of emails and calls that legislators receive on these bills so that they understand the importance of passing a law on glyphosate this session!)
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 of any/all the 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.)
S.447/H.776 - An Act empowering towns and cities to protect residents and the environment from harmful pesticides
This bill, introduced by Rep. Dylan Fernandes and Senator Julian Cyr, would return power to our communities to protect our families, food and environments from pesticide exposure. Currently, municipal governments don't have the right to ban harmful pesticides town/city-wide, event if their own Board of Health calls for it.
H.791 - An Act relative to improving pesticide protections for Massachusetts schoolchildren
This bill, 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
H.792 - An Act relative to the prohibition of the transfer or use of glyphosate in the Commonwealth
This full glyphosate ban, boldly introduced by Rep. Carmine Gentile, prohibits the distribution, sale or use of glyphosate or any products containing glyphosate within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts!
All of these bills will face 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.
Upcoming PUBLIC HEARING at the State House in Boston, November 12, 2019. Please come to Boston and help us fill the hearing room if you can. There is power in numbers! Details will be sent to everyone who takes action through this page. If you are interested in speaking at the hearing, please contact the NOFA/Mass Policy Director: firstname.lastname@example.org
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