- One of MOMAS’ important achievements was to strengthen Marin County’s pesticide laws. Due largely to MOMAS’ advocacy work, Marin County now has some of the healthiest, most child-focused county pesticide laws in the country.
- Some examples of the results of our advocacy work include: “pesticide free zones” for Marin County playgrounds, picnic areas and playing fields/turf; “organically maintained” County bike paths and multi-use paths; establishing benchmark reductions for particularly harmful pesticides; and ensuring transparency & full and accurate reporting about pesticides used on County property.
- MOMAS continues to monitor and publicize the County pesticide program, attends crucial County meetings, and meets independently with County officials to: (a) advocate for health-focused policies; and (b) ensure that funding for this important program continues.
- In 2008, MOMAS was a key member of a broad coalition that defeated a Bay Area-wide multi-year aerial pesticide spray plan for a harmless moth (the Light Brown Apple Moth) by the state of California.
- MOMAS continues to monitor the program and is a plaintiff in litigation against the state opposing continuation of the Light Brown Apple Moth program.
- MOMAS has developed key relationships with UC Davis scientists, environmental health experts, community groups, legislators and other stakeholders. Together with our partner organization, California Environmental Health Initiative, we have organized a coalition of over 60 health and environmental organizations to oppose the state’s current efforts to establish future statewide pesticide spray programs.
- MOMAS is working tirelessly to educate and advocate to our state officials about the need for a new approach to managing pests; and supporting the efforts of independent experts at UC Davis who are working to re-envision the way California manages invasive pests so as to develop an approach that is more effective, less burdensome to farmers, economically feasible and far less toxic.
Education & Outreach
MOMAS has developed educational talks for parents and caregivers. See our Current Campaigns page for a more detailed description of our public education and outreach.