A Year in Review - 2023

Beyond Pesticides wishes our supporters all the best for the holiday season and the new year. We look forward to working with you in the new year to meet the severe environmental and public health challenges with truly organic solutions. 

With your support of Beyond Pesticides this year, our goal to reverse the destructive environmental and public health path that we’re on is more likely than ever as we advance the adoption of organic practices and policies that respect life. Our accomplishments are your victories. We are seeing the outcomes in communities across the country—the adoption of organic land management policies and practices that eliminate toxic pesticides, protect children, pets, and families, and protect the local ecology.

With a 43-year+ track record of successfully advancing systemic change, we know the solutions are within our grasp. We are honored to work collaboratively to make this happen . . . now and for future generations.

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Here are some highlights of how our supporters have helped us in 2023:


Our Vision. Beyond Pesticides shares the vision of people and communities in seeking to ensure a future that protects health and sustains life. We are facing existential crises—the climate crisis, biodiversity collapse, and severe public health threats—from cancer to neurological, reproductive, and endocrine system effects, including brain and behavioral impacts. To reverse these threats, we advance model organic solutions that eliminate billions of pounds of fossil fuel-based pesticides and synthetic fertilizers and nurture biological systems that take dangerous pollutants out of our environment.

Our program bridges policy and practice—reframing strategies that go after an endless list of toxic chemicals—and advancing a holistic approach that recognizes complex biological communities, the importance of soil microbiota, trophic effects, and ecosystem services in the context of broader human health and environmental protection. We adopt this framework as we work at the local, state, and federal levels in advancing policy reform. It is imperative national attention is focused on meaningful systemic change, which addresses disproportionate risk to people of color communities and workers, from landscapers to farmworkers.

Meeting the Challenges with a Transformative Strategy

Our efforts focus on shifting communities’ land and building management approach to address critical health and environmental issues. To advance this goal, we carry out activities that advance a holistic awareness of the complex adverse effects and unknowns associated with pesticide-dependent management practices and policies. On a daily basis, we bring attention to and broader understanding of the actual hands-on practices that are protective of health and in sync with nature.

The Path Moving Forward: Organic. Beyond Pesticides has taken a holistic approach to advancing sustainable, organic practices and policies to solve the pesticide poisoning and contamination problem and the range of existential adverse effects. This framework provides the foundation for ending pesticide dependency in all aspects of use, agricultural and nonagricultural. Our implementation of organic land management is a partnership with local community groups and local governments.

Taking a Stand

Beyond Pesticides empowers local science-based advocacy with practical hands-on support to drive the changes critical to a livable future—scientific facts coupled with action advance the adoption of solutions within our reach.


We thank all our donors and supporters for their yearly gift contributions. Without your engagement and incredible generosity, it would not be possible to lead the transition to a world free of toxic pesticides.

Members and Donors. It's a fact. Your support makes our work possible. We provide up-to-date information about the health and environmental hazards of pesticides, pesticide regulation and policy, holistic nontoxic management systems, and cutting-edge science—free of charge to the public. This program is not possible without the generosity of people like you. Your donation provides us with the resources needed to continue our essential work to protect people and the planet. Please make a year-end gift today!

Natural Grocers Partnership. Natural Grocers, which operates in over 167 stores in 21 western, southwestern, and Midwest states, collaborates with Beyond Pesticides in supporting our Parks for a Sustainable Future program. As leaders in the organic movement, Natural Grocers held two campaigns for the organization coinciding with the company’s in-store and online Ladybug Love organic pledge and Organic Month.

Natural Grocers sponsors organic land management model sites in 21 western/midwestern states situated in their store market areas. Natural Grocers staff were active with our meetings with the Parks and Recreation Department in Austin, TX. Austin and Grinnell College (Grinnell, IA) have joined the program, add to our ongoing work with: Tempe, AZ; Tucson, AZ; Longmont, CO; Springfield, OR; Missoula, MT; Denton, TX; and Spokane, WA. More communities are joining as community advocates join with us to set up organic park programs in their towns. With Natural Grocers’ support, we are able to underwrite the cost of organic management plan development, soil testing and analysis, and horticultural consultation.

Stonyfield Organic. Stonyfield collaborates with Beyond Pesticides under their StonyFIELDS project, which is funding organic demonstration sites in the New York City Parks Department, with pilot programs in Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Staten Island, and Queens.

1% for the Planet Logo1% for the Planet Environmental Partner. Last year, Beyond Pesticides received support from corporate sponsors through the platform, including Naturepedic and Patagonia Works. We will continue to explore opportunities to cultivate corporate partnerships in alignment with our values, mission, and organizational goals.

Press Conference in New York City, Morningside Park, East Harlem. Beyond Pesticides held a press conference with our coalition partners and the New York City Parks Department to announce the launch of our organic land management demonstration sites in the five boroughs. The coalition, Eco-Friendly Parks for All (EFPA), is a partnership of environmental, public health, and political action organizations, including Beyond Pesticides, The Black Institute, Grassroots Environmental Education, Children’s Environmental Health Center, at Mount Sinai Institute for Exposomic Research, (Icahn School of Medicine), and Voters for Animal Rights. Stonyfield Organic Yogurt is underwriting the program. Attending the press conference were the Deputy Parks Commissioner for Environment and Planning, a city council member and the original sponsor of the city legislation prohibiting toxic pesticide use on park lands (allowing only materials under national organic law), Osborne Organics, Stonyfield Organic, and other community groups.


From a public health and environmental protection perspective, these are challenging times. We are inspired by the level of effective science-based advocacy that is critical in moving the country forward. Beyond Pesticides believes in empowering advocates and decision-makers and provides up-to-date information on the independent, peer-reviewed scientific literature. Throughout the year, we provided this critical information throughout the information services program, including:

Daily News. On a daily basis, five days a week, we have produced analytical articles that translate complex scientific findings, judicial findings, regulatory decisions, and legislative action. Our program staff integrates their analysis in Daily News into the support that is provided to communities, decision-makers in communities, states, and the U.S. Congress.  

Top Daily News of 2023 (Topics include: endangered species, PFAS, Parkinson's, plastics, GE mosquitoes, Rachel Carson Park, synthetic turf, and more.)

Pesticide-Induced Diseases Database (PIDD). The scientific findings documented in Daily News are captured in our PIDD database. Over the year, we continued to update PIDD, which includes 1,402 studies, up from 1,216, with pesticide exposure links to cancer, brain and nervous system disorders, and learning/developmental disorders logging the most entries. We also added dozens of studies documenting pesticides’ adverse impacts on bees, pollinators, and ecosystems.

Gateway on Pesticide Hazards and Safe Pest Management. The Gateway was expanded to nearly 400 pesticide folders containing information about specific pesticide environmental and health effects, regulatory action, and uses. The Gateway provides valuable information about pesticides that anyone can access and is intended to help inform local community discussion on the hazards of pesticides used, while communities can access our ManageSafe database on alternative practices and products compatible with organic standards.

Factsheets. We updated and expanded our factsheet on synthetic pyrethroids, among the most widely used insecticides. The updated document includes information on different pyrethroid types, co-formulants, and health and environmental safety information. We hope it will be a helpful tool for those encountering pyrethroid products through a pest control operator, landscaper, or as part of mosquito abatement. Check out our factsheet!

Pesticides and You. We produced a hard-hitting compilation of key scientific research and policy issues that we have tracked over the year into one multi-issue Pesticides and You, entitled Transformative Change: Informed by Policy, Science, and Action (2023). The issue tracks and reports in the latest research, organized into five sections that define the problem and solution, in a substantive way, to the existential threats related to human health threats, biodiversity, climate, and related policies and actions.

Disproportionate Risk Webpage.  Our new disproportionate risk webpage covers the relationship between unequal consequences of pesticide exposure on humans (intersecting with environmental justice), animals, and environmental health. Pesticide exposure can exacerbate the adverse health implications of underlying conditions, weakening the body’s ability to function normally, even under low levels of pesticide exposure. The page addresses the range of factors that contribute to disproportionate risk, including a compromised or underdeveloped immune system or augmented exposure to chemicals from residential, occupation, and polluted areas. Studies find pesticide exposure, and subsequent health concerns affect groups of people differently, with disproportionate harm to people of color communities. Sections of the webpage include Farmworkers and Farmworkers' Children, Gender-Specific Effects, Infants/Children, People of Color, individuals with comorbidities, and the elderly. Each section will contain specific scientific studies pertaining to pesticide exposure effects, which are cross-referenced with the PIDD database. A session at our 2023 National Forum, we dedicated a session to environmental racism and environmental justice. 

Biodiversity Protection. The decline of bees and pollinators sends a clear message that systemic change is urgently needed. We track individual chemicals as the poster children for the deficiency in current regulatory analyses of chemicals and wildlife protection. We tracked the widely used, broad-spectrum fungicide fenbuconazole, classified as “slightly toxic or nontoxic” to pollinators by EPA, but devastating to male mason bee mating behavior—jeopardizing future generations of critically essential pollinators. Additionally, Beyond Pesticides sued the Department of Interior with Protect the Peninsula’s Future and the Coalition to Protect Puget Sound Habitat to stop a lease for a 50-acre industrial aquaculture operation in the refuge. We acted to support the conservation of bird habitat, research, monitoring, outreach, and education under the Neotropical Migratory Bird Conservation Enhancement Act (NMBCA), an innovative and cost-effective approach to the conservation of the more than 350 neotropical bird species in the U.S. that travel to Central and South America, the Caribbean, and Canada every year. At our 2023 National Forum, we dedicated a session to the protection of biodiversity.

Choose a Pest

ManageSafe. Our hands-on information through ManageSafe, our database of practical solutions to pest issues, is a central clearinghouse of information on eliminating hazardous pesticides in land and building management. Our neighbor-to-neighbor program distributed over 400 Pesticide-Free Zone signs (ladybug, bee, and organic landscape) in 33 states, the District of Columbia, and four Canadian provinces, 1500 doorknob hangers on safe lawns and mosquito management in 19 states, and the District of Columbia.

Map of U.S. Pesticide Reform Policies. Our Map of U.S. Pesticide Reform Policies now includes 18 pesticide-free park policies, 47 with restrictions that protect pollinators, 103 that apply to public spaces, and 27 that extend restrictions to private land, and has been viewed 74,100 times.



Local land management and ordinances across the country are just as much about preventing hazards and filling an increasing gap in protection from regulators as they are about recognizing the viability of sound land management practices. These practices do not use toxic chemicals, resulting in a healthier, more resilient plant life that stands up to stress and is less reliant on limited water resources.

Creating Models for What Meaningful Change Looks Like

Beyond Pesticides tracks and maintains multiple databases, including PIDD, the Gateway, ManageSafe, Daily News Blog, and more, showcasing the science and policy around pesticides to provide decision-makers and advocates with the scientific and practical justification for transitioning to organic.

We are well-positioned to effect changes in communities that serve as a model for other communities. We continue to develop the informational tools that support change agents, whether they are advocates or elected officials. We provide technical skills to land managers, ensuring effective implementation of policies and plans for sustainable and organic land management. Our approach to the hands-on work to put in place organic land management programs recognizes the importance of soil biology in cycling nutrients naturally to feed plants is often new to land managers who have not evaluated and nurtured the web of microorganisms living in the soil. This attention to the soil systems has been foundational to the success of organic agriculture nationwide. Critics, who often have a vested economic interest or history in pesticide use and proclaim that organic does not work, are, in effect, challenging the underlying principles of soil management that have enabled the exponential growth of the organic agricultural sector— now a $70 billion industry and the fastest-growing part of the agricultural economy.

Community Projects—Parks for a Sustainable Future

Beyond Pesticides works with communities to transition their land to organic practices, having worked with over 50 communities and continuing to facilitate the transition in over 25 communities. This year, we added Grinnell College (Grinnell, IA), Novato Unified School District (CA), and Austin, TX. As we forge ahead, Beyond Pesticides, with local partners and park departments is making local parks, playing fields, and schoolyards to organic land management practices to make them safe for kids (and pets!).

Keeping Organic Strong

Beyond Pesticides’ Keeping Organic Strong campaign is critical to organic integrity and public trust in organic as a solution-based strategy to address the existential health, biodiversity, and climate crises (most recent organic actions: Do You Want Organic Food to Be Held to the Highest Standard; All Synthetic Chemicals in Organic Must be Examined, Including Inerts). Being the only standard and label that is governed by law with a certification and enforcement system, our engagement with the continuous improvement of organic is critical to its growth. While the issues are not simple, many people engage with us on the decisions before the National Organic Standards Board and the National Organic Program (NOP). For the Spring and Fall NOSB meetings in 2023, we submitted on every issue before the NOSB and generated hundreds of public comments. Organic law requires the National Organic Standards Board (NOSB) to consider the cradle-to-grave effects of materials when protecting against adverse effects. As we advance organic as the solution to crosscutting issues of public health threats, biodiversity collapse, and the climate emergency, we are compelled to protect the integrity of organic standards and the National List of Allowed and Prohibited Substances. Thus, we continue to work closely with the NOSB and the National Organic Coalition to expand the reach of our positions.

Beyond Pesticides conducted an outreach effort to generate thousands of public comments (Spring/Fall 2023) on key issues before the board, in addition to submitting comments to the NOSB, highlighting that “inert” ingredients used in organic agriculture must be evaluated individually.

The Issue with Plastic Mulch. Plastic Mulch is under consideration this year as a part of its five-year review cycle. This is part of the larger issue relating to the use of plastic in organic production and handling. Awareness is growing about the impacts of plastic—and the microplastic particles resulting from its use—on human health and the environment. Plastic manufacturing requires transporting hazardous chemicals, such as those involved in the derailment in East Palestine, Ohio in 2023. Thus, plastic mulch should not be relisted as allowable in organic production. Moreover, the NOSB should initiate action to eliminate all uses of plastic in organic processing and packaging, especially for foods, as nonorganic ingredients should be eliminated from processed foods when organic ingredients are available under the NOSB review process.

Adopting Organic Practices

For those not already practicing organic, we offer guidance on adopting the practices we advocate at the household level.

Spring into Action/Settle into Summer/Flow into Fall. These pages represent a user-friendly informational resource highlighting tips on growing and maintaining your organic garden for the spring, summer, and fall. The webpage includes seasonal infographics that are easy to understand in one location. In addition to individual suggestions on transforming your garden and lawn into organic, a section is dedicated to the organic transformation of community spaces. We offer relevant resources, such as links to ManageSafe™, nontoxic pest management services, organic labeling information, organic lawn and landscape management products and herbicides, all pertaining to safer herbicide alternatives, services, and information.

Protecting Hawai’i with Vision

Our Hawai’i program protects a fragile ecosystem and its residents, serving as a model for work in the U.S. and worldwide. Pesticide-Free Landscaping: We teach about pesticides and organic practices with Maui Nui Marine Resource Council and reef-safe landscaping certification. Herbicide-Free Roadway Rights-of-Way: Responding to our efforts, Hawai’i County (Big Island) announced it would follow Maui and eliminate herbicide spraying along roadways. Growing the Food Humb and Institutionalizing Organic: After partnering to launch the Maui Food Hub during the pandemic to ensure a reliable source of local food, we continue to help grow this farmer-consumer model for organic food production. With the Maui County Department of Agriculture, we are developing a strategic plan to include resources to support organic certification for farmers. Fire Relief: With the devastating fires in Lahaina and Upcountry Maui resulting from the kind of extractive land management that we are fighting, we shifted to offer support in a time of crisis to the affected communities. We pitched in to meet basic human needs and assist with the development of a Lahaina Community Land Trust.


Action of the Week (AOTW) provides our network with one concrete action that can be taken each week to have our collective voice heard to stop governmental actions that adversely affect public, worker, and environmental health, increase overall pesticide use, or undermine the advancement of organic, sustainable, and regenerative practices and policies.

Top Actions of the Week and Related Daily News for 2023:

Networking For Change

40th Natural Pesticide Forum (2023): Forging a Future with Nature—The Existential Challenge to End Petrochemical Pesticide and Fertilizer Use. The Forum, held virtually, spanned three sessions over September, October, and November. Session 1: Biodiversity Health and Organic Agriculture; Session 2: Environmental Justice; Session 3: Transformative Community-Based Change from the Ground Up—Managing parks and playing fields with organic practices and policies. The National Forum Series launches Beyond Pesticides’ effort to eliminate fossil fuel-based pesticide use within the next decade, putting a stop to toxic emissions, exposure, and residues while embracing an organic systems approach that is holistic and respectful of life. With over 600 registrants, the Forum Series aims to enable a collective strategy to address the existential health, biodiversity, and climate threats and chart a path for a livable and sustainable future. We bring people and organizations together to empower effective action. The Forum session can be viewed on our website. Keep an eye out for our 2024 conference!


We speak to local communities and organizations across the country. Some examples include:

Testimony before the City of Hallowell, Maine. Our statement informed the city council on the scientific background and the viability of organic practices that contributed to council members’ understanding of the importance of eliminating pesticide use for the management of turf. The information contributed to an ordinance that did ban turf pesticide use in the city.

Community Meeting, Novato, California and Marin County Training. Our presentation with Osborne Organics helped to engage people in Marin County in the work we have done with the Novato Unified School District in an effort to broaden organic land management throughout municipalities and school districts in Marin County.

Cancer Presentation. Beyond Pesticides participated as speakers in the “Speaker Series” for the Cancer and Environment Network of Southwest Pennsylvania in April 2023.Watch the presentation!

Central Pennsylvania Clean Air Board. Beyond Pesticides presented to a board of scientists in October who are interested in the use of pesticides in communities and further collaboration with Beyond Pesticides.


Beyond Pesticides is committed to bringing youth into the movement to transition society to organic land management in advancing the our goal to eliminate the use of petrochemical pesticides and fertilizers. The goal of the fellowship is twofold: (i) immerse students in the real challenges that people and the environment faces through daily contact with our network and scientific information that informs the health and environmental problems associated with petrochemical pesticide and fertilizers and the organic solution, and (ii) develop and implement a research project that offers the fellow/researcher an opportunity to explore an area of interest that intersects with Beyond Pesticides’ mission and furthers public understanding of both challenges and solutions. We sponsored two fellowships this year, a student from Duke University and a student from Stanford University. Fellowship projects included a report entitled The Perils of Pesticides: Why Your School Should Go Organic, and a report and interactive web map on pesticide usage in crop production across the U.S.



With the increasing interest in local community action to restrict pesticides and advance organic land management in the absence of adequate state and federal protection, we are leading a national effort to protect local authority. Legislation in Congress has been introduced and is under consideration in the Farm Bill to preempt local authority and the rights of communities to protect the health of their residents and the environment. With our advocacy, over 120 local officials sent a letter to Congress explaining their concerns. Local leaders have said the following:

Mayor Daniel Biss, City of Evanston, IL: “It is critical that local governments have tools to protect the health of our residents and safeguard our environment. The federal government should not tie the hands of local lawmakers aiming to address ongoing crises relating to health, biodiversity, and climate change. Congress should be expanding the authorities available to local governments to address these concerns, not limiting them.”

Mayor Aaron Brockett, City of Boulder, CO: “There is increasing scientific evidence showing that pesticides harm human health, threaten biodiversity, and weaken the natural systems upon which human survival depends. Local governments need to be given the ability to make decisions about how to best protect their community, their children, and the natural world from these toxic substances.”

Councilwoman Sara Continenza, South Euclid, OH: “I am opposed to any sort of preemption…particularly as it relates to the ability of municipalities to regulate chemicals. We passed an ordinance banning pesticides on public property due to the extensive evidence of the harm it causes. There are extensive options for natural products and practices…without causing harmful algae bloom in our lakes or creating toxic hazards to humans and pets.”


We create a public record of scientific decisions undermined by poor public policy allowing hazardous pesticide use despite the availability of alternatives. In addition, we submitted comments on regulatory issues related to highly toxic pesticides, including rodenticides and herbicides. Some of the policy issues include the following:

Unnecessary Chemical Exposure to Farmworkers. Beyond Pesticides strenuously opposed California EPA’s proposal to remove existing limits on the use of the highly toxic fumigant 1,3-D (Telone), highlighting the dangers to which farmworkers are routinely exposed. It is unacceptable to allow farmworkers—whose labor was judged “essential” during the pandemic—to be routinely exposed to highly toxic pesticides, which could be replaced by certified organic food production, a large and growing agricultural sector in California, across the country, and worldwide.

No Compromise on Farmworker Protection. We conducted an action to tell EPA to strengthen pesticide rules to protect farmworkers: Tell President Biden to sign the International Convention on the Protection of the Rights of All Migrant Workers and Members of Their Families. We highlight the systemic racism of pesticide policies in our country and worldwide, the focus of the second session on environmental justice at our National Forum

The Fight Against Preemption: 2023 Farm Bill and More.  Beyond Pesticides continues to respond to attacks on local and state pesticide authorities as the organization published multiple Daily News articles, Dear Colleague letter, actions about preemption, and a Factsheet for Congress and local advocates. We work with local pesticide groups to fight preemption in the Farm Bill and highlight local and state authority in the Agricultural Labeling Uniformity Act, the EATS Act, and the CROP Act to Congress. 

Regulatory Comments and Oversight

  • Pesticide Registration Review: Proposed Interim Decisions for the Rodenticides, EPA-HQ-OPP-2017-0750 (February/March 2023). These comments were on the proposed interim decisions for the several rodenticides, which are known to be hazardous to humans and wildlife. Rodenticides are too dangerous to remain on the market, as these chemicals can induce rapid onset of seizures, muscle tremors, limb weakness, ataxia, neurologic signs, respiratory paralysis, anorexia, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and lethargy. Additionally, there is strong evidence that pets and wildlife are being poisoned due to secondary exposure to rodenticide baits. Therefore, the comments advocate that rodenticides must not be reregistered and do not support a conclusion of no unreasonable adverse effects.
  • Public Review and Comment Period on the Environmental Impact Statement of Vegetation Treatments Using Herbicides, DOI-BLM-WO-2200-2022-0001-EIS (June 5, 2023). These comments were addressed to the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), urging the agency not to allow the use of seven additional hazardous herbicides due to the high-risk findings and demonstrated adverse impacts as identified in health and ecological assessments. Currently, the BLM uses 21 different active ingredients, and seven more chemicals only put the environment and health at risk, from plant to animal species. Most importantly, herbicide use is unnecessary.
  • Objections Filed with Forest Service on “Invasive Plant and Interfering Vegetation Treat: Environmental Assessment” (September 13, 2023). These comments objected to the U.S. Forest Service moving forward with a pesticide spray program for the Allegheny National Forest. Because the Service proposed a major escalation of pesticide use, with eight pesticides on federal land, the science justifies an in-depth review of hazards and alternative management practices in an Environmental Impact Statement, which is not included in this environmental assessment.
  • Memorandum Supporting the Proposed Registration Decision to Approve the First Outdoor Food Uses on Wheat, Triticale, Barley, and Oats for Chlormequat Chloride (July 21, 2023). These comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) raise critical issues and concerns on Chlormequat chloride registrations as the chemical has links to developmental, reproductive, and neurological toxicity. The common use of this chemical in the U.K. led to chlormequat chloride being the second most often detected pesticide in British bread, following glyphosate. Thus, there are concerns that a similar pattern of contamination may arise in U.S. breads if approved for new food use.
  • Draft Herbicide Strategy Framework to Reduce Exposure of Federally Listed Endangered and Threatened Species and Designated Critical Habitats from the Use of Conventional Agricultural Herbicides (October 20, 2023). These comments to EPA highlight that we are in the midst of a crisis in biodiversity—some call it the “sixth extinction,” and others highlight an insect apocalypse. Unfortunately, this draft herbicide strategy framework allows the continued use of pesticides. The Endangered Species Act (ESA) is one of the most essential tools for slowing the decline in biodiversity, embodying a precautionary approach that is critically important when protecting organisms known to be particularly vulnerable to extinction. These comments urge the EPA to incorporate an evaluation of these alternative practices, like organic agriculture, to protect endangered species and enhance productivity and profitability in the agricultural sector. 
  • Comment to EPA on the Use of RNA interference (RNAi) Ledprona for Insect Control (October 27, 2023). These comments to EPA urged the agency not to register the new active ingredient, Ledprona—a genetically engineered pesticide that works by impeding the expression of essential proteins in target pest insects via a cellular mechanism called RNA interference (RNAi). In RNAi, the messenger RNA of the target organism (pest) is adversely affected and left either stunted or dead. EPA is doing so despite lacking essential data that is required by law and despite research warning about the ecological impacts of the pesticide. 


We have generated increasing excitement with our art submission page, tapping into the talent in our network to provide artistic messages supporting community-based work across the country. Our Art Page displays all art submissions, from drawings and paintings to photographs and literature, for users to enjoy. Additionally, we incorporate the art submissions as feature pieces in the weekly newsletters or on our social media. The page currently includes 73+ photos, two works of writing, and 21+ paintings/drawings, for a total of 104+ works of art.


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The challenges ahead require that we redouble our efforts. Beyond Pesticides’ collaboration with people and communities in every state is providing the energy and enthusiasm to embrace the changes necessary to stop toxic pesticide use and embrace organic practices and policies. We know it can be done if we join together to protect health and the environment with science, policy, and activism. The solutions are within our reach. We look forward to working with you—with the required sense of urgency—to ensure that change happens.

Best wishes for a healthy new year!

Do not forget to decorate your tree and home using eco-friendly materials and consider choosing organic/eco-friendly gifts for loved ones like gifts from Beyond Pesticides’ online shop.   

More organic trees, wreaths, and gift ideas

Resources for Organic Trees and Wreaths

  • Green Promise: 2016 list of organic Christmas tree farms around the country
  • Blog Post: Natural Baby Mama's 2017 list of organic Christmas tree farms by state
  • Local Harvest: Organic mail-order wreaths
  • Toxic Free NC: Organic trees and wreaths in North Carolina
  • Licking Creek Farm: Organic trees and wreaths in the Washington, DC-metro area
  • Feezers Farm: Organic trees in the Baltimore, MD region

Resources for Organic and Fair Trade Gifts