There are three important bills in the
Below is a short description of each bill and the delegates to contact. Also below is the proposal for clean drinking water legislation in MD information sheet. Let me know if you do contact a legislator the response.
1. HB659 - Ban on use of Atrazine - an ag residue in MD drinking water linked to endocrine disruption, breast, prostate and other cancers. Clearly, there are many alternatives for farmers to this outmoded herbicide which is linked to the health of the entire population. Its use should be stopped.
2. HB660 - Pesticide Notification - Records chemicals farmers currently use into a central database. Gives us better insight into exactly how much farm chemicals are entering our environment and linked to our health.
3. HB754 - Arsenic Prohibition - Prohibits the use of this dangerous and cancer causing additive to poultry feed. Used by the industry to faster growth and for pinker meat. Its use must be ended.
Here are the most crucial (undecided) folks to call
1. Delegate Maggie McIntosh (D-Balt. City D-43). Committee chair, House Environmental Matters Committee 410 841-3990
PROPOSAL FOR CLEAN DRINKING WATER LEGISLATION IN
By Michael Tabor
So why is it that we’re constantly reading about contaminated drinking water in the
Worse still, our state and Federal government seems reluctant to pass legislation protecting us. Plus, many environmental groups, tired of seeing legislation stopped in committee, won’t even prioritize the legislation.
To a great extent, it’s about the powerful farm lobby – the Farm Bureau Federation and its state affiliates.
Locally, the well-respected
There are a host of chemical pesticides used on our farms, lawns, orchards and gardens --virtually all are linked to cancer and endocrine disruption, birth defects, liver and kidney damage, neurotoxicity and behavioral problems. Plus there are links to Parkinson’s disease, diabetes, structural and chemical changes in the brain, heart, liver, kidney, ovaries and endocrine organs.
The irony is that farmers and their families, rural communities and ag workers are at increased risk of these health problems. And the farm lobby, much more interested in protecting large-scale ag interests and pesticide manufacturers, doesn’t even admit that problems exist. Instead, they threaten increased prices for farm goods, loss of jobs, farmers being forced to move, and whatever other fear-mongering thoughts they can conjure up.
If there’s to be legislation, we must encourage our MD delegates and senators to work on it. And, Gov. O’Malley has to stand up to the farm lobby and act on our behalf.
For more information on proposed legislation
Impact on Human Health