Environmental Health News reports: “As consumer concerns about the harms of pesticides grow, fueled in part by the billion-dollar settlements against Bayer over glyphosate's link to cancer, and EPA's failure to ban or restrict pesticides banned by other industrial nations, communities are increasingly passing pesticide reform laws. Portland is one of 31 communities in Maine, and 190 across the country, to have done so.
Among the more recent laws:
• New York City in April banned synthetic pesticide use on all city property except golf courses and playing fields;
• Maui banned both synthetic pesticides and fertilizers from all county lands (the entire island) in August;
• Late last year Baltimore banned chlorpyrifos, neonicotinoids, and glyphosate use on public and private property.