On November 12, Massachusetts lawmakers will hold a public hearing on four bills that would regulate the use of pesticides and herbicides in the state.
The strongest of those bills, H.792, would ban glyphosate or any product that contains glyphosate from all lands in the commonwealth.
TAKE ACTION: Urge members of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture (ENRA) to support bill H.792, a bill to ban glyphosate on all Massachusetts lands!
After you use the form to send a message to your lawmakers, please call the chairpersons of the Joint Committee:
• Sen. Anne Gobi (617-722-1540)
• Rep. Smitty Pignatelli (617-722-2210)
If you can, please also attend the public hearing at 1 p.m. on November 12 at the Massachusetts State House, Room A-2, 24 Beacon St., Boston, Mass.
According to Bob Hedland Law, several Massachusetts cities and towns already restrict or have banned the use of products that contain glyphosate:
• Chatham, Massachusetts: Passed an order banning glyphosate in parks, athletic fields, mulch beds and walkways.
• Eastham, Massachusetts: Local ordinance requires town employees to receive a permit for use of registered pesticides and prohibits the use of highly-toxic pesticides.
• Falmouth, Massachusetts: Issued a yearlong moratorium on glyphosate use.
• Marblehead, Massachusetts: Created an Organic Pest Management program to phase out pesticides and herbicides.
• Warwick, Massachusetts: Passed a measure to ban Monsanto’s Roundup passed at a Special Town Meeting. The ban does not allow people to spray glyphosate on any land within the town.
• Wellesley, Massachusetts: Wellesley banned all pesticides in 2011. Glyphosate is restricted from being sprayed on athletic fields and any city-owned property. The chemical can be used in limited emergency weed control situations.
If these cities can protect their citizens, why not the entire state?
Please make your voice heard before November 12.
TAKE ACTION: Ask members of the Joint Committee on Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture to support H.792, “An Act relative to the prohibition of the transfer or use of glyphosate in the Commonwealth.”