Maryland Pesticide Network (MPN) is a grassroots coalition of organizations in Maryland dedicated to protecting the public and the environment from toxic pesticides and promoting healthy alternatives. Founded in 1994, MPN's diverse membership includes health care provider, consumer, environmental, parent, labor, agricultural and religious organizations.
The impact of pesticide use is a complex issue about which we will never have perfect knowledge. Therefore, the coalition's work is based on the precautionary principle, which states: "When an activity raises threats of harm to human health or their environment, precautionary measures should be taken even if some cause and effect relationships are not fully established scientifically."
How we helped
Funds from Lush support MPEN's Reducing Government Use of Pesticides Project. The project transitions state and local government land, including the Maryland State House grounds, to organic care to protect people, wildlife, pets and waterways from hazardous pesticides and promote residents’ following the government’s “leading by example". Public events to highlight the project will be held, and educational materials will be disseminated.