Chemicals known as per- and poly-fluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), or so-called "forever chemicals," have been found across countless acres of vital Maine farmland. This is due to the spreading of industrial sludge containing PFAS directly onto fertile farmland, a practice that has been happening since the late 1970's. The sludge was used as a fertilizer while simultaneously providing a waste disposal option for municipal waste treatment plants and paper factories. Farmers were not aware of the contamination, and for years purchased land and built businesses designed to serve their communities. And today, they are still raising families on land that they had no idea was toxic when they invested in it. We now know the contamination is threatening farmland, families, businesses, community health and food safety. Exposure has been linked to health problems, including kidney and testicular cancer, thyroid disease, infertility and compromised immune systems. While this issue is not unique to Maine, Maine is the first state to widely mobilize an effort to support impacted farmers and their families, protect healthy soils from future contamination, and raise national awareness. This is a problem that affects us all.