#2 BILLS MOVE FORWARD ~
thanks everyone who made phone calls, it's working!
At 2 PM on January 31, 2020, The Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture passed two bills restricting the use of glyphosate in Massachusetts!
H.791 eliminates the use of toxic pesticides on playgrounds and anywhere that children learn and play!
H.792 takes all glyphosate-containing herbicides (including Monsanto's Roundup)
off hardware store shelves and ends consumer use of this toxic biocide!
To be clear, both of these bills face an uphill battle before passage and aren't even guaranteed to be voted on by the full legislature, but the fact that Agriculture Committee has approved these bills is HUGE and is a testament to the enormous grassroots support and emerging science that tells us we must do something to reduce the use of glyphosate and other toxic pesticides.
We at NOFA/Mass heartily thank Representative Carmine Gentile for State Representative, 13th Middlesex District, the lead sponsor on both of these bills. He filed these bills after hearing from a number of constituents about glyphosate and other toxic pesticides. Democracy works if we work it!
We are extremely grateful to Rep. Smitty Pignatelli who listened intently November 12, 2019 as advocates shared more than 5 hours of passionate testimony in support of state action to reduce pesticides use. These bills would not have passed without Rep. Smitty's bold leadership. Thank you, Rep. Smitty!
And thank YOU, to everyone who heard our call to action and showed up to fill up that hearing room on Nov. 12th and to everyone who has contacted their legislators to make their voices heard on these issues. We will want to share our gratitude with legislators and provide the positive reinforcement they will need in order to overcome the objections of the chemical industry and bring these bills to a full vote before the session ends on July 31st.
Side note: Coincidentally (?), this news comes just 1 day after we read that Bayer/Monsanto is reportedly considering ending sales of glyphosate to private users, amid the mounting (thousands of) lawsuits connecting the pesticide to cancer. Article: http://bit.ly/bayer013020 One way or another, we are tipping scales toward a less toxic future!
Laura Kelley from POCCA spoke at the State House this day November 12, 2019 to support #4 bills.
Laura Kelley speaking for 3 minutes at the State house on November 12, 2019:
ALSO In the news on January 30th, 2020:
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is at it again, protecting toxic chemical corporation profits instead of America's health. The EPA has continued its glyphosate cover-up by announcing Thursday January 30, 2020 that they have finished and published their regulatory review and found that glyphosate is ‘not a carcinogen’. The EPA’s findings contradict the findings of a working group of 17 experts from 11 countries from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), who in 2015 classified glyphosate as a ‘Probable Human Carcinogen’.