Toxic pesticides hurt our children, waterways, pets and even pollinators such as bees. The Maryland Pesticide Education Network (MPEN) promotes practices, policies and legislation to reduce toxic pesticide use, exposures and runoff into waterways. Because pesticides are linked to serious illnesses and disorders -- autism, birth defects, ADHD, cancer, Parkinson's disease, neurological and other problems -- MPEN works with health care facilities, schools, day care centers and state agencies to reduce and even eliminate their pesticide use. Pesticides are linked to honeybee deaths in Maryland -- 1 of every 3 bites of food we eat relies on our bees. Pesticides contaminate our water and are linked to intersex fish. MPEN works to implement solutions to these critical problems that protect Marylanders, wildlife and the Chesapeake Bay.