Maryland Becomes First State to Ban Arsenic in Chicken Feed
Yesterday, Maryland became the first state in the nation to ban the use of arsenic in chicken production!
Given the enormous power of our opponents, like the big chicken industry and pharmaceutical companies who fought against us for three years, this victory is a real testament to the power of grassroots organizing. Food & Water Watch volunteers did incredible work. In 2012 alone, we:
- signed 60 organizations, businesses, and restaurants on to a coalition
- knocked on 1,018 doors in a key Baltimore district
- held a rally in Baltimore with 25 volunteers (see photo above) • made 1,395 phone calls to legislators across the state
- sent 2,239 individual messages to legislators
- sent 1,876 messages to Governor O’Malley
While Maryland took a significant step by banning arsenical drugs in chicken production, this is just one of many issues associated with industrial agriculture. We aren’t finished. We will continue to fight the industry’s attempts to block environmental regulations and reforms that would benefit the state’s farmers. If you would like to support our ongoing work in Maryland, please donate.