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Pesticide Debate on TV

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Last week I was asked by New Hampshire Public Television to participate in a live “debate” about the bill that would study the impact of a pesticide ban in that state. The legislator who sponsored the controversial bill HB 1456 is on the show, along with the commissioner of the department of Agriculture, who is most definitely against the bill, and a Cooperative Extension agent who is somewhat on the fence. The half-hour show is now streaming live on-line: http://www.nhptv.org/outlook/sprogramdate.asp?prog_num_id=1664

Also, for a sense of how partisan the debate has become, check out the comments at the end of this article by the Manchester Union Leader: http://www.unionleader.com/article.aspx?headline=Environmentalists+urge+pesticide+study&articleId=9d54df7d-6621-446f-bb7b-78af5ede009c

And last but not least, I wanted to share this email from Randy Eifert:
It was great meeting you the other night at Red River Theater in Concord. Hope you were able to spend Valentines Day with your wife and family….it must be hard to always be on the road, but you are making a big difference, so keep the faith! I just received a call today, from a local applicator who has been on the fence about his transition, and he just decided to go 100% organic. I let him borrow my dvd of your movie a few weeks ago, as we are routing it around our lawn care committee and he is on that committee. He asked for it back on Friday so his wife and parents could see it….they all agreed this weekend that he has no choice but to go the distance. The income they may lose is not worth the harm he is doing to the environment. He then met with one of his larger landscapers that he subs for this morning and they were also on board with his transition. I’m very excited about this and I don’t believe it would have moved without your movie helping push him along….so thank you.

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Paul Tukey

An international leader of the green movement, Mr. Tukey is a journalist, author, filmmaker, TV host, activist and award-winning public speaker, who is widely recognized as North America's leading advocate for landscape sustainability and toxic pesticide reduction strategies.

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  • http://www.mjblanchette.com MJ Blanchette

    I went to Concord yesterday to view the film (http://www.chemicalreactionmovie.com) … fantastic; inspiring … thank you!!
    upon leaving the film, i recieved a timely email from our town manager (in Kittery, Maine) who very much liked the idea of showing this film at a community event. i’m in the process of working with several groups to organize a public viewing, perhaps on Earth Day.

    i’d also like to put a discussion panel together — any interest in participating?

    cheers,
    MJ

    • Paul Tukey

      MJ,
      Thanks for the note and the comments. Good luck with putting together a screening and, if I’m in Maine, I’d be happy to participate. I have committed to appearing at more than 20 screenings in the next couple of months, so I’m going to be busy! The director, Brett Plymale, is also available for Q&A sessions and panel discussions.

  • Shawn Papp

    Paul,

    Just wanted to say great job on NH Outlook and keep up the great work! Your sacrifice is going to pay huge dividends in more ways than anyone can imagine. Call or email if you ever need a hand in this area.

    Take care,
    Shawn

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