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For more info on any of our action campaigns, please contact our Policy Director, Marty Dagoberto, marty@nofamass.org

1110, 2020

Support the Healthy Soils Bill Amendment

October 11th, 2020|0 Comments

On July 29th, 2020, with the support of our Coalition, our Healthy Soils Champion in the Senate, Senator Jo Comerford, was successful in advocating for the text of the Healthy Soils Bill to be included as an amendment to a piece of "must pass" legislation in the Senate, "H.4887 - An Act enabling partnerships for growth," aka "The Economic Development Bill." Unfortunately, the amendment was not included in the House version of [...]

1508, 2020

Opt out of broadcast mosquito spraying

August 15th, 2020|0 Comments

Mosquito season is here, and even though spraying of pesticides to control adult mosquitoes is the least effective and most environmentally damaging method to control mosquito diseases, we’re about to be blanketed with toxic pesticides… If you want to reduce your families and your local ecosystem’s exposure to these toxins, there is an option to “opt-out” from spraying carried out by the Commonwealth. However, there are also some important caveats… [...]

1507, 2020

Join the Community Pesticides Reduction (CPR) local pesticide and pollinator organizing network!

July 15th, 2020|0 Comments

NOFA/Mass envisions a commonwealth of people working together to create healthy landscapes that feed our communities and restore our environment. The use of toxic and persistent chemicals on landscapes, be they schools, playgrounds, municipal properties, community gardens or farms, is not compatible with that vision. We are excited to now be joining forces with other organizations across the commonwealth at this critical moment of heightened awareness of the dangers presented [...]

1206, 2020

Protecting Mass. Pollinators Action Resource Guide

June 12th, 2020|0 Comments

Protecting Mass. Pollinators Action Resource Guide, curated by NOFA/Mass. The good folks at Dean’s Beans Organic Coffee asked us “What are some different ways that people in Massachusetts can help the pollinators?” That set us off on a journey to inventory and curate resources and connections for all types of pollinator protection opportunities! We are attempting to highlight the good work of in-state partners and provide  resources from national pollinator advocacy groups. This is [...]

2404, 2020

UPDATE , 4/1/20, RE: COVID-19

April 24th, 2020|0 Comments

The legislative priorities we’ve been working on since January 2019 are essentially in a holding pattern right now. As of March 31, the state legislature is still technically operating, though legislators have zero capacity to address anything not directly COVID19-related. It’s highly unlikely that any of our priority bills will get any attention before late May or June (formal session ends July 31st, 2020). We are not asking our networks [...]

2404, 2020

Keep Supporting Local Farms during the COVID-19 pandemic

April 24th, 2020|0 Comments

Right now, the #1 thing for anyone/everyone to do (which so many people are already doing) is to continue supporting our local farmers by buying directly from them. Some farms, which rely on institutional contracts (ie. schools and restaurants), are really hurting right now. For obvious reasons, we need to make sure as many farms as possible make it through this! Take advantage of the NOFA/Mass Organic Food Guide which includes [...]

2404, 2020

Food Workers are Not Disposable, Tell Congress: #ProtectAllWorkers

April 24th, 2020|0 Comments

“Food workers from farm workers to processing, warehouse, and retail are still on the job providing essential services even as COVID-19 spreads. Yet, employers are still refusing to provide workers with basic protections, putting workers' lives at risk every day. “It is unconscionable that OSHA has refused to issue mandatory health and safety standards for employers that require companies to protect frontline food chain workers and other workers at risk. [...]

1911, 2019

Pollinator Protection Act Passed from Ag. Committee

November 19th, 2019|0 Comments

November 18th, 2019 - The legislature is moving to protect pollinators: only a few days after the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Committee heard testimony from dozens of advocates in support of reducing pesticides, they passed the Pollinator Protection Act (H.763, “An Act to protect Massachusetts pollinators”). This bill would place commonsense restrictions on the class of pesticides known as “neonics” and promote pollinator habitats in the state. We [...]

1911, 2019

Hearing room overflows with pesticide activists from across the state

November 19th, 2019|0 Comments

On November 12th 2019, state legislators on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture Committee heard five hours of passionate testimony from a packed room of advocates from around the state who are concerned about the effects of pesticides on humans, animals, insects and ecosystem health. Dozens of parents, teachers, beekeepers, farmers, landscapers, pediatricians and academics showed up to send a strong message to legislators that it’s time to limit [...]