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“For the first time in the history of the world, every human being is now subjected to contact with dangerous chemicals from the moment of conception until death…These chemicals are now stored in the bodies of the vast majority of human beings, regardless of age. They occur in the mother’s milk, and probably in the tissues of the unborn child.” Rachel Carson, Silent Spring (1962)
The use of glyphosate on crops in the United States increased from 13.9 million pounds in 1992 to 287 million pounds in 2016 (National Geological Survey). One billion pounds of conventional pesticides are used annually in the U.S. (EPA). Pesticide residues are in up to 70% of produce sold in the US (USDA data analyzed by Environmental Working Group).
On April 3, 2020 (postponed to a later date-see VOTE TODAY below), the citizens of Blue Hill, Maine will have the opportunity to vote to enact the Blue Hill Healthy Ecosystem Ordinance, which will prohibit, in the Town of Blue Hill, the application, storage, or sale of synthetic substances (pesticides) other than those specifically listed as “allowed” in the National Organic Program (U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances), with exemptions sited in the Ordinance. Once enacted, the effective date of this Ordinance will be January 1, 2021.
On this site, you will find the Ordinance, Ordinance FAQ, a wealth of information relating to pesticides, and Healthy Solutions for a healthier future.
In-person voting has been postponed to a date to be determined. In the meantime, absentee ballots are available and may be requested by calling the town hall (207.374.2281). Vote Today! Here’s what a completed ballot looks like:
In The News
Styrofoam in my Seafood? (Weekly Packet, 3.19.20)
Better Buoys (Weekly Packet, 02.20.20)
Questions, concerns arise at hearings… (Weekly Packet, 02.20.20)
The Chemical Arms Race Comes to Blue Hill (Weekly Packet, 02.13.20)
Maine Bill Would Limit Use of Pesticides Linked to Bee Deaths (Bangor Daily News,02.15.20)
Support the Pesticide Ban (Weekly Packet, 02.06.20)
Eliot Coleman on Successful Organic Farming (Weekly Packet, 01.09.20)
Pesticide Petition Has More Signatures than Needed (Weekly Packet, 01.09.20)
Limiting Pesticides: Blue Hill Healthy Ecosystem Ordinance in the Making(Weekly Packet, 12.13.19)
State Recommends Water Systems Be Tested for “Forever Chemicals”(Ellsworth American, 12.12.19)
Proposed Blue Hill Ordinances to Require Petitions, Votes(Weekly Packet, 12.6.19)
Pesticide Ban Proposed in Blue Hill (Ellsworth American, 12.5.19)
Second Tuesday Educational Evenings at Blue Hill Library, 7 pm
December 10, 2019: Eliot Coleman: Why Pesticides are Superfluous Listen (WERU)
January 14, 2020: Dr. Marly Sachsman, Ellsworth Naturopath: Impact of Pesticides on Human Health
February 11, 2020: Heather Richard, Research Project Coordinator, Shaw Institute: Impact of Man-made Chemicals on the Environment
February 12, 2020: Public Hearing, Town Hall, 5:30 pm
April 3, 2020: Vote on Ordinance by secret ballot at Blue Hill Town Hall. (Postponed)
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